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Miner in Conneaut

11/30
The Mesabi Miner left Nanticoke at 3:00 p.m. Thursday and was inbound Conneaut around 7:00 p.m. to load 20,000 tons of coal for Marquette. Upon arrival, she pulled in and tied up at the ore dock to wait for the Presque Isle to finish loading.

The wait should be 14 hours, since the Presque Isle will be done around 9:00 a.m. today depart for Nanticoke. The Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin also loaded and left Conneaut Thursday. Visibility was reported between 0-2 miles.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Earl W. Oglebay Crewman Injured

11/30
The Earl. W. Oglebay came within a mile of the Manistee breakwall Thursday evening in order to remove an injured crew member. Members of the US Coast Guard Manistee Station traveled to the ship in their new rescue boat to remove the crewman.

It is unknown what injuries the crewmember sustained. He was transported to West Shore Hospital at 5:45 p.m. for treatment. The Earl W. Oglebay then proceeded downbound on her way to St. Joseph to unload stone. Best wishes to the crewmember.

Reported by: Chris Franckowiak




Twin Ports Report

11/30
Shipping began returning to normal Thursday in the wake of two days of high winds and wild seas.

Among the vessels arriving was Canadian Transport with salt for the Cutler-Magner dock in Duluth. As the boat was fueling at the Murphy Oil terminal, semi-trucks already were backing up to the pile of salt left behind by the laker. The vessel's master said he couldn't make port during the storm and had proceeded up the north shore to Thunder Bay to seek refuge.

Other vessels in port included John G. Munson, loading taconite pellets at DMIR, Reserve unloading stone at CLM dock in Superior, Olympic Merit loading at Cargill, Mecta Sea at Cenex Harvest States, Federal Polaris unloading steel coils at the port terminal, Voorneborg loading at General Mills in Duluth, Indiana Harbor loading a rare cargo of coal for Burns Harbor, and Alpena unloading cement.

Midwest Energy Terminal is now scheduled to remain open at least until Dec. 28. The American Mariner is due there that day with what is currently the last scheduled load.

Presque Isle was in Conneaut on Thursday loading coal destined for Nanticoke. From there it will proceed to Superior for a rare appearance at Midwest Energy Terminal to load another cargo of coal for Nanticoke.

Reported by: Al Miller




Marquette Update

11/30
The Adam E. Cornelius loaded and departed Marquette's ore dock Thursday. As the Cornelius was departing the Lee A. Tregurtha came in and docked. The Herbert C. Jackson is expected some time this morning.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Marinette-Menominee News

11/30
The fall storm that delayed shipping has calmed and it was a busy day in Menominee and Marinette Thursday. That morning the Chios Pride lifted anchor and was towed into Marinette Fuel and Dock with a load of pig iron by the Selvick tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick. After dropping off the Chios Pride, the tugs headed out to bring in the Menominee to K&K Warehouse dock where it will load pulp. Shortly after the Menominee arrived, the Vancouverborg anchored in the bay with a load of wood pulp waiting for dock space at K&K.

Chios Pride entering harbor.
Menominee at K&K stern view.

Photos by: Dick Lund
Chios Pride stern view.
Vancouverborg and North Pier Lighthouse.
Chios Pride at Marinette Fuel and Dock unloading.

Reported by: Scott Best




Saginaw Update

11/30
The Sam Laud finished her unload overnight and was downbound the Saginaw River Thursday morning, passing through downtown Bay City around 900 a.m.

The David Z. Norton arrived Thursday morning as well, lightering at Bay City Wirt before proceeding upriver to Saginaw to finish. The Norton proceeded to the 6th Street Turning Basin and was downbound for the bay, passing through Downtown Bay City around 1045 p.m.

The H. Lee White made a rare appearance on the Saginaw River, arriving at the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City around 530 p.m. She should be finished unloading and ready to depart before midnight.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
David Z. Norton upbound at Block's Marina.
Close up at Cheboyganing Creek.
Stern view.
H Lee White upbound at Bay City Wirt.
Stern close up.
Stern view at Wheeler's Landing.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Report

11/30
The salt water vessel Capetan Michalis was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock Thursday. The Frontenac was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator. The Mapleglen was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the American Mariner and Sam Laud late Friday evening. The Canadian Transport and Charles M. Beeghly on Saturday, followed by the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and John G. Munson on Sunday. The Torco Ore Docks are closed for the season.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Mark Your Calendar

11/30:
Great Lakes Maritime Institute (Dossin Museum) Marine Mart, December 1 at Harbor Hill Marina foot of St. Jean St. Detroit, MI.

The Harbor Hill Marina will again be hosting the annual Marine Mart from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Marine Mart features dealers selling books, photographs, postcards, artwork and artifacts. For more information call 313-852-4051

Look for me at the Know Your Ships table.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 30

The CANADIAN PIONEER suffered a major engine room fire on 30 Nov 1987 at Nanticoke.

On November 30, 1981 the A.H. FERBERT (2) was laid up for the last time at the Hallett Dock #5, Duluth, MN.

The PERE MARQUETTE 22 passed down the Welland Canal on November 30, 1973 in tow of the tugs JOHN PURVES and YVON SIMARD en route to Sorel, Que. where she was cut down to a barge for off-Lakes use.

On 30 Nov 1967, the CITY OF FLINT 32 was laid up, never to run again.

On 30 Nov 1900, ALMERON THOMAS (2-mast wooden schooner, 50', 35 gt, built in 1891 at Bay City, MI) was carrying gravel in a storm on Lake Huron when she sprang a leak and ran for the beach. She struck bottom and then capsized. She broke up in twenty feet of water near Point Lookout in Saginaw Bay, No lives were lost.

The schooner S. J. HOLLY came into the harbor at Oswego, New York on 30 November 1867 after a hard crossing of Lake Ontario. The previous day she left the Welland Canal and encountered a growing gale. Capt. Oscar Haynes sought calm water along the north shore, but the heavy seas and freezing winds made sailing perilous, The ropes and chains froze stiff and the schooner was almost unmanageable. The only canvas out was a two reef foresail and it was frozen in place. With great skill, the skipper managed to limp into port, having lost the yawl and sustained serious damage to the cargo. Fortunately no lives were lost.

On 30 Nov 1910, ATHABASKA (steel propeller passenger steamer, 263', 1774 gt, built in 1883 in Scotland) collided with the tug GENERAL and sank near Lonely Island in Georgian Bay. No lives were lost. She was later recovered and rebuilt as a bulk freighter and lasted until she was broken up in 1948.
Painting of the Athabaska by Father Dowling.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series





Missing Crew Member Found

11/29
The body of missing Westcott deck hand Dave Lewis was found Tuesday on the Canadian side of Fighting Island about 6 miles from where the sinking occurred. The identity was confirmed earlier today.

The mail boat J. W. Westcott II sank on Oct. 23 in the Detroit River. Lost in the sinking was Captain Kathy Nasiatka and Dave Lewis. Cathy's body was recovered when the boat was brought up from the bottom of the river.

Reported by: John Belliveau




Tadoussac docks in Two Harbors to remove injured crewman

11/29
After departing Duluth during a gale Tuesday, the CSL Tadoussac sought shelter in Two Harbors to remove a crewman who had been injured, according to television news reports in Duluth.

The crewman apparently suffered a head injury after going on deck to secure a hatch or vent cover shortly after the vessel left port. The boat was diverted to Two Harbors -- a difficult port to enter in a nor'easter. The crewman was removed from the boat by local emergency medical crews.

Reported by: Al Miller




Oglebay Norton to lay up Armco and Burton next week

11/29
Oglebay Norton will lay up the Armco and Courtney Burton early next week because of economic conditions, one company official said.

Mike Siragusa, vice president and general manager of Oglebay Norton, told the Duluth News Tribune that the Armco and Burton are being laid up early because of weakening demand for taconite pellets. Normally the vessels would operate through December.

"This is the worst I've seen it,'' Siragusa told the newspaper, adding that he's never seen so many early lay-ups in his 12-year career with Oglebay Norton. He attributed the idling of the Armco and the Burton to LTV Steel's plans to halt operations at steel making mills in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Oglebay Norton laid up the Buckeye on Nov. 4.

Reported by: Al Miller




Strike Deadline Looms

11/29
The Canadian Marine Officers Union and their 300 members have set a strike deadline of Friday, November 30, according to local media reports. If no agreement is reached, they will take action and go on strike. The main issue in the dispute is over the reduction in the number of onboard engineers from four persons down to three. One Union official sighted this as a safety issue both for the public and the crews.

According to the report shipping companies want to reduce the number make room for management positions. Ships use to carry a crew of 31 persons but that number has been reduced to around 20 on some ships. Also in dispute is the issue of crew wage.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Weather Continues to Delay

11/29
The Chios Pride remained anchored off Menominee awaiting weather Wednesday, it had arrived Monday afternoon. Crews hope the weather will allow the vessel to enter port this morning. The tug Gregory J Busch moved along the crane ship Donner for more protection from the Northeast wind that was still blowing pretty hard. The Vancourborg is due later this week.

Pictures by Orrin Royce
The new cutter Sycamore passes the Busch heading out for trials.
Crew waits on board the Busch.

Reported by: Scott Best and Orrin Royce




Dimitris Y Unloads

11/29
The Dimitris Y was unloading rebar and steel plates at Oshawa Wednesday. The saltie is expected to leave for Hamilton on Friday to continue unloading.

Dimitris Y at dock.
Crane ready to pick up a load of rebar.
Rebar on the dock after unloading.
Rebar Carrier with a load discharged from the Dimitris Y.
Rebar being stacked after unloading. Dimitris Y from the Oshawa Yacht Club.
Close up of Superstructure.

Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Tug Stops

11/29
The tug Salvor with a barge, lost its steering around noon Wednesday and had to anchor in the vicinity of Buoy 167 in the Seaway. She later got under way and was at Cape Vincent around 4:30 p.m. She secured to the breakwall and made up her tow before heading into Lake Ontario.

The area is under a winter storm watch and a freezing rain warning was in effect Wednesday evening and this morning.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Duluth Workboat Update

11/29
High winds and heavy seas earlier this week caused some disruption to the fleet moored at Northern Pacific #2 in Duluth. The 1908-built tugs HDF Essayons and Mount Mckay broke their lines as did Billington Contracting's Fuel Barge No.16, which were rescued by the tug Houghton Tuesday afternoon.

The fish tug Nels J, which is restored as a fish shop is getting a good ice build up on her side as the waves are splashing over the wall into the parking lot at Canal Park. The wood portion of the Lakewalk was damaged by the storm as well, as large rocks were deposited by the incoming waves.

The bumboat Marine Trader was towed by the tug Oatka up river and docked at Spirit Lake. There she joins the tugs John V II and Sandra Lee, dredge Jayne Gurtler and packet Hiawatha. The Oatka was then pulled out for winter lay-up.

The 93-foot tug Seneca is being painted into the colors of the Zenith Tugboat Company. She's been given a forest green hull and cream cabins with red and gold highlights. She is powered by a 12-567a EMD diesel with electric propulsion. She has been busy this year making assists in the Twin Ports and working on the harbor dredging project with Marine Tech.

The iron tug Mount Mckay is enjoying her new home, docked at NP # 2. She was delivered to the Twin Ports from Michigan City, Indiana, arriving October 24, after battling 15 to 20-foot seas on Lake Superior. She will be refit this winter for service in the spring.

Tugs HDF Essayons, Mount Mckay, Seneca and Houghton docked at NP # 2.
Former Corps tug Houghton.
Seneca getting her new green.
Mount McKay and Seneca at NP 2.
Mount McKay taking a wave over the bow on Lake Superior.
Nels J sitting in the heart if Canal Park.
Waves hitting the rocks.
Damage to the Lakewalk.
Bumboat Marine Supplier in her new colors, now owned by Hotline Industries of Superior.
Bumboat Marine Trader and tug Oatka awaiting their next duties at NP 2.
Seneca with the JB Ford last month.
Dump scow No.16 at the Northland dock, loaded with pilings.

Reported by: Franz VonRiedel




Thunder Bay Update

11/29
Boat traffic in Thunder Bay is slowly starting to resume after heavy storms on Lake Superior delayed traffic in the Lake Superior Port. Shortly before noon Wednesday the Federal Shimato, with the help of the tugs Glenada and Point Valour, moved out from Richardson Elevator and over to Cargill. Shortly after the Canadian Enterprise pulled her anchor and continued on her way out to the lake. The Canadian Venture also pulled up anchor and went out around the Welcome Island were winds were still blowing 40 mph amidst heavy seas. She arrived at the Mission Terminal where the tugs Glenada and Pt. Valour assisted her into the slip. About 1:00 p.m. the saltie Makeevka was attempting to move over to Sask Pool 7a to begin loading. Around 2:30 p.m. the Cartierdoc pulled in her anchor and headed for the Soo followed by the Paterson about an hour.

Other boats appeared to be getting ready to depart. The Canadian Olympic was still docked at Thunder Bay Terminals and was waiting for the winds to die down. She is in a spot where there is very little room to maneuver and a gust of wind can result in being stuck on the surrounding clay banks.

In total the port had nine vessels anchored out in the bay during this storm which produced strong winds and very little snow in port.

The list of anchored vessels included: Cartierdoc, Canadian Enterprise, Canadian Venture, Ida, St. Clair, Paterson, Reserve, Middletown and Canadian Transfer. In port was the tug Radium Yellowknife, Federal Shimanto, Canadian Olympic, Makeevka and Lake Superior.

The tug Robert John was moved over to Pascol Engineering early Wednesday to update her survey. It had been idle in Thunder Bay for about two years following an incident in which a saltie anchor damaged her pilothouse. She now sports a brand new house and should be ready for the new shipping season in 2002.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Saginaw River News

11/29
The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader were inbound the Saginaw River Wednesday morning. The pair were headed up to the Burroughs Dock to unload. They finished unloading by late afternoon, turned in the 6th Street Turning Basin, and headed out to the bay.

The Sam Laud was inbound late that afternoon as well, heading up to the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City to lighter before departing a few hours later for the Sargeant Dock to finish.

The Algoway finished unloading at the Buena Vista Dock Wednesday afternoon and was downbound for the bay early in the evening. She had arrived in the river late Tuesday night.

Sam Laud upbound at Independence Park Boat Launch.
At Bay City Wirt.
Stern view at Wheeler's Landing.
Algoway downbound passing the unloading Sam Laud.
Another view.
Algoway close up.
Passing through Veteran's Memorial Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

11/29
The salt water vessel Capetan Michalis was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. The recently renamed Peter R. Creswell (former Algowest) made her first trip into Toledo by arriving at the CSX Stone Dock around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. She finished unloading stone and departed shortly after 9:00 a.m.

The Frontenac arrived very early Wednesday morning at the Andersons "K" Elevator to load a grain cargo. Several hours later the Mapleglen arrived at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator to load a grain cargo. Great Lakes Towing Company tugs assisted both vessels upriver to the grain elevators. The Amelia Desgagnes was loading coal at the CSX Docks with the Algosteel due in later that evening.

The next scheduled coal vessels due in will be the American Mariner and Sam Laud on Friday, followed by the Canadian Transport and Charles M. Beeghly on Saturday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Mark Your Calendar

11/29:
Great Lakes Maritime Institute (Dossin Museum) Marine Mart, December 1 at Harbor Hill Marina foot of St. Jean St. Detroit, MI.

The Harbor Hill Marina will again be hosting the annual Marine Mart from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Marine Mart features dealers selling books, photographs, postcards, artwork and artifacts. For more information call 313-852-4051

Look for me at the Know Your Ships table.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 29

On November 29, 1966, the Daniel J. Morrell sank approximately 20 miles north of Harbor Beach in Lake Huron. Her nearly identical sistership, the Edward Y. Townsend, was travelling about 20 miles behind the Morrell and made it to the Lime Island Fuel Dock in the St. Mary's River where cracks were found in her deck; the Townsend proceeded to Sault Ste. Marie where she was taken out of service. The Townsend sank in the Atlantic on October 7, 1968, while being towed overseas for scrap.

E. B. BARBER was laid up for the last time at Toronto, Ont. on 29 Nov 1984.

On November 29, 1903 snow and stormy seas drove the two-and-a-half year old J.T. HUTCHINSON onto an uncharted rock (now known as Eagle River Reef) one-half mile off shore and 10 miles west of Eagle Harbor, MI near the northwestern coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

On November 29, 1974 the PERE MARQUETTE 21 was loaded with remnants of Port Huron's Peerless Cement Dock, which reportedly were bound for Saudi Arabia, and cleared there in tow of the GLT tugs AMERICA and OHIO.

The SYLVANIA was in a collision with the DIAMOND ALKALI in the Fighting Island Channel of the Detroit River on 29 Nov 1968 during a snow squall. SYLVANIA's bow was severely damaged.

The propeller BURLINGTON had barges in tow upbound on Lake Erie when she was damaged by the ice and sank in the Pelee Passage.

On 29 November 1856, ARABIAN (3-mast wooden bark, 116', 350 t, built in 1853 at Niagara, Ontario) had stranded on Goose Island Shoal, 10 miles ENE of Mackinac Island ten days earlier. She was relieved of her cargo and was being towed to Chicago by the propeller OGONTZ when a gale blew in and the towline parted. ARABIAN made for shore, her pumps working full force and OGONTZ following. During the night they were separated and ARABIAN sank off Point Betsey in Lake Michigan. Her crew escaped in her yawl.

In 1903 the Pere Marquette 19 arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage. Captain John J. Doyle in command.

On 29 November 1881, the 149' wooden propeller NORTHERN QUEEN, which had been involved in a collision with the 136' wooden propeller canaller LAKE ERIE just five days before, struck the pier at Manistique so hard that she was wrecked. Besides her own crew, she also had LAKE ERIE's crew on board.

On 29 Nov 1902, BAY CITY (1-mast wood schooner-barge, 140', 306 gt, built in 1857 at Saginaw as a brig) was left at anchor in Thunder Bay by the steamer HURON CITY during a storm. BAY CITY's anchor chain parted and the vessel was driven against the Gilchrist dock at Alpena, Michigan and wrecked. Her crew managed to escape with much difficulty.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Storm batters Lake Superior

11/28
The winter storm that battered the Midwest on Nov. 26-27 spawned high winds, snow and rough seas on Lake Superior, prompting some shipmasters to anchor in shelter and others to remain in port. Gale warnings were in effect on western Lake Superior on Tuesday, with winds predicted to reach 40 knots and seas expected to be as high as 16 feet. Rock of Ages Light off the western end of Isle Royale reported winds at 37 knots while Passage Island Light at Isle Royale's eastern end reported winds at 27 knots.

The gale prompted Edwin H. Gott to anchor near Rock of Ages Light on Monday and remain there Tuesday. John G. Munson was traveling in the shelter of the north shore and might have anchored near Rock of Ages Light. In Duluth, George A. Stinson spent Monday night and at least part of Tuesday tied up at the Murphy Oil fuel terminal. The small saltie Voorneborg apparently arrived in port sometime during Monday night or early Tuesday morning and was spotted in the inner anchorage about 7 a.m. Tuesday. In the poor visibility it was unclear whether the ship was anchored or trying to make the General Mills elevator berth. Elsewhere in port, several salties remained securely at their docks, including Federal Polaris at the port terminal and Peonia at Cenex Harvest States elevator. Taxideftis remained in the Cenex layby berth, where it has been for several days while waiting for orders.

Waves crashing on shore damaged some of the boardwalk that makes up Duluth's well-known Lakewalk. Waves coming on shore were reported as high as 17 feet at times.

Reported by: Al Miller




Deal Proposed to Save LTV

11/28
Negotiators from the City of Cleveland, the steelworkers' union, and creditors have submitted a proposal to LTV that may prevent the company from going out of business.

Under a proposed five year contract, LTV employees, union workers, and salaried workers would take another $150 million in cuts to help save the company.

The cuts would include reducing their pay even further, delaying raises, and cutting health care costs. In return, employees would increase their ownership of LTV, if it survives, by 35-percent.

It is now up to LTV management to accept the deal and hope it's enough to get a $250 million Federal loan. City officials have urged management to approve the deal immediately.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Delays on Lake Michigan

11/28
On Lake Michigan waves were crashing over the Menominee Marina Breakwall on Green Bay. The Chios Pride remained anchored off the Marina waiting for the weather to improve. The tug Gregory J. Busch and its barge remained at Marinette Fuel and Dock. They have been waiting for weather for over a week. The Vancourborg is due later this week with a cargo of wood pulp.

Waves crash over the breakwall.
Another view.

Reported by: Scott Best




Marquette Delays

11/28
The American Mariner and Kaye E. Barker remained docked at Marquette's ore dock Tuesday night. The waves are washing over the breakwater and over the rock piles they've put between the lake and the Lakeshore Road.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Mailboat Repairs Well Underway

11/28
Welding crews at Nicholson Terminal are moving along with repairs to the deck, rails and cabin of the J.W. Westcott II. The Westcott II will receive all new window frames and windows. Meanwhile bids are being accepted for the job of repowering the boat with a new engine. The work may be completed as early as next week, then the mailboat will be towed to the Westcott Company main dock where it will be cleaned and prepared for winter. The Westcott II, Joseph J. Hogan, and Huron Maid are scheduled to lay-up at Gregory's Marina behind Belle Isle.

Reported by: Capt. Sam Buchanan




Update on the Cedar

11/28
The damaged Greek bulk carrier Cedar was authorized on Monday by Transport Canada officials to proceed from the Quebec City Harbor to Thorold Ont. to unload its cargo of bauxite and alumina before the closing of the Seaway. It will then sail back to Quebec City to undergo repairs to its hull. The repairs are expected to be completed at Quebec City, possibly by Davies Industries shipyard .

The newly built Cedar grounded in the afternoon of November 16 in the St. Lawrence River 90 km west of Quebec City following a steering gear problem. The ship was refloated at high tide later that evening and proceeded back to Quebec City Harbor on its own. A Transport Canada inspection found damage to the ship's forward bottom plates. The ship was detained in harbor until owners produced an acceptable plan of action for Transport Canada.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Crew Member Drowns

11/28
A tugboat crew member drowned in the waters off Bay Ship Building in Sturgeon Bay Friday night. Roland Seyb, 46 a native of Beverly Hills, Fla,. fell into the water while boarding the tug off the dock at Bay Ship Building where it was moored for repairs, according to the Sturgeon Bay Police Department.

The tug's Captain had reported Seyb missing Saturday. Sturgeon Bay Police and the Door County Sheriff's Department deputies found his shoe near the boarding area, then found his body in about 16-feet of water.

The tug Boat operates out of Chicago.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Manitowoc Marine Group to Build Additional Buoy Tenders for U.S. Coast Guard

11/28
The Manitowoc Company announced Monday that its Marinette Marine subsidiary was awarded options to build two additional seagoing buoy tenders for the U.S. Coast Guard. The options, valued at approximately $60 million, are extensions to an existing series of contracts awarded by the Coast Guard in 1993 and 1998 to build up to 16 Juniper-class buoy tenders.

"These options mark nearly $350 million in new shipbuilding contracts won this year alone, and they further enhance our position as the U.S. Coast Guard's largest supplier of shipbuilding and ship-repair work,'' said Terry D. Growcock, Manitowoc's president and chief executive officer. "We're pleased to continue the strong partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard, Manitowoc Marine Group, and Marinette Marine.''

The two new Juniper-class (WLB) buoy tenders - numbers 15 and 16 in the series - will be 225 feet in length and will operate with a crew of six officers and 34 enlisted personnel. These technically advanced, multi-mission vessels will be equipped to perform search and rescue, law enforcement, pollution response, and domestic icebreaking missions, as well as servicing aids to navigation.

Scheduled for delivery in April and September of 2004, it is proposed that at least one of the additional cutters will be home ported on the Great Lakes.

Earlier this year, Manitowoc Marine Group was also awarded multiple contracts to build three 310-foot passenger ferries for the City of New York, two 127-foot oceangoing tugs and two double-hull tank barges for a commercial customer, and an $82.4 million Great Lakes icebreaker to replace the USCGC Mackinaw.

Reported by: Dick Sheehy




Busy Milwaukee

11/28
After five straight days of an empty harbor the Port of Milwaukee came alive Tuesday. Great Lakes Towing tugs assisted the ocean vessel Pintail while at the same time the Herbert C. Jackson entered the harbor with a load of coal. The Jacklyn M with barge Integrity was unloading cement. Also in the port was the Canadian Navigator loading grain.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Republic in Grand Haven

11/28
The American Republic arrived in Grand Haven for the Construction Aggregates dock. This was a rare visit for Grand Haven. American Steamship vessel visits here seem to have decreased in the past few years. Late season cargoes of sand carried by ASC are sometimes loaded by unusual visitors, the Republic is no exception.

Reported by: David Swain




Gemini in Green Bay

11/28
On Sunday morning the Gemini arrived in Green Bay to discharge its cargo of diesel fuel. The Sam Laud was due in later that day but had not arrived by mid-afternoon. The Buffalo and Calumet were both due into Green Bay by the end of the week with coal.

Gemini arrives.
Gemini at US Oil Dock.
Close up S T Crapo used as storage vessel in Green Bay.
Bow view of S T Crapo.
G tugs Texas and Indiana at their dock in Green Bay.

Reported by: Scott Best




Burns International Harbor Update

11/28
Two salties were being unloaded at the Burns International Harbor Tuesday morning. Federal Yukon was unloading steel sheet piling among other cargo. The saltie Irma was unloading an unknown cargo. Her bow can be seen to the left of the Federal Yukon in the images below. There were no boats at the Bethlehem Steel dock.

Federal Yukon unloading.
Another view.
Image of the James Norris on the St. Clair River last summer.

Reported by: Kent Armstrong




Saginaw Update

11/28
The tug Dorothy Ann and barge Pathfinder was inbound the Saginaw River early Tuesday afternoon. She was headed for the Sargeant Dock. The pair departed the dock and headed for the 6th Street Turning Basin at 10:30 p.m.

The Algoway was also inbound Tuesday night passing the Front Range at 10:20 p.m. She was headed to the Buena Vista Dock. Algoway was in contact with the downbound Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder and agreed to tie up at the Bay Aggregates Dock until she passed downbound.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

11/28
The salt water vessel Capetan Michalis was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo Tuesday. The Algomarine was at the A.R.M.S. Dock unloading an oats cargo from Thunder Bay Ontario. Tuesday evening she was expected to finish unloading and proceed to the CSX Coal Docks to load a coal cargo. The CSL Niagara was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks after the Algomarine will be the Amelia Desgagnes and Algosteel on today. followed by the H. Lee White, Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin and Sam Laud on Friday.

The strong storm system hitting the Upper Great Lakes will cause delays in vessels scheduled to arrive here. The Torco Ore Docks are closed down for the season.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - November 28

On November 28, 1905, the Pittsburgh Steamship Company vessel Mataafa was wrecked as it tried to re-enter the Duluth Ship Canal in a severe storm. The Mataafa had departed Duluth earlier but had decided to return to safety. After dropping her barge in the lake, the vessel was picked up by waves, was slammed against the north pier and was swung around to rest just hundreds of feet offshore north of the north pier, where it broke in two. Much of the crew froze to death in the cold snap that followed the storm, as there was no quick way to get out to the broken vessel for rescue. The Mataafa was repaired prior to the 1906 season; she ultimately ended her career as an automobile carrier for the T.J. McCarthy Steamship Company and was sold for scrap in 1965.

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC's maiden voyage was 28 Nov 1976 to load coal at Conneaut, Ohio for Nanticoke, Ont. Her name honors the Olympic Games that were held at Montreal that year.

On November 28, 1983 while upbound after leaving the Poe Lock the INDIANA HARBOR was in a collision, caused by high winds, with the downbound Greek salty ANANGEL SPIRIT resulting in a 10 foot gash in the laker's port bow.

LANCASHIRE was launched November 28, 1942 she would be renamed b) SEWELL AVERY

The CATHY B. towed the GOVERNOR MILLER to Vigo, Spain on November 28, 1980 where she was broken up.

The BENSON FORD (2) was renamed e) US.265808 and departed River Rouge on November 28, 1986 towed by the Sandrin tugs TUSKER and GLENADA bound for Ramey's Bend in the Welland Canal.

FRONTENAC (4) arrived at the Fraser Shipyard, Superior, WI on November 28, 1979. Her keel, which had hogged four feet, was declared a constructive total loss.

The BRANSFORD stranded on a reef off Isle Royal in Lake Superior during a major storm on 28 Nov 1905 (the same storm that claimed the steamer MATAAFA). She was recovered.

On her third trip in 1892 the Ann Arbor #1 again ran aground, this time three miles north of Ahnapee (now called Algoma). There was $15,000 damage to her cargo.

In 1906 the Ann Arbor #4 left Cleveland bound for Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

The Ann Arbor #4 ran aground off Kewaunee in 1924.

On 28 November 1905, AMBOY (2-mast wooden schooner-barge, 209', 894 gt, formerly HELENA) was carrying coal in tow of the wooden propeller GEORGE SPENCER in a gale on Lake Superior. In an effort to save both vessels, AMBOY was cut loose. The SPENCER was disabled quickly and was driven ashore near Little Marais, MN. AMBOY struggled against the gale for a full day before finally going ashore near Thomasville, Ontario on 29 November. No lives were lost from either vessel.

On 28 November 1872, W. O. BROWN (wooden schooner, 140', 306 t, built in 1862 at Buffalo) was carrying wheat in a storm on Lake Superior when she was driven ashore near Point Maimanse, Ontario and pounded to pieces. Six lives were lost. Three survivors struggled through a terrible cold spell and finally made it to the Soo on Christmas Day.

On 28 Nov 1874, the propeller JOHN PRIDGEON JR. was launched at Clark's shipyard in Detroit, Michigan. She was built for Capt. John Pridgeon. Her dimensions were 235' x 36' x 17'. The engines of the B. F. WADE were installed in her.

On 28 Nov 1923, the Detroit & Windsor Ferry Company and Bob-Lo docks were destroyed by a fire cause by an overheated stove in the ferry dock waiting room. The blaze started at 3:00 AM.

CANADIAN TRANSFER underwent repairs most of Tuesday, 28 Nov 2000 at the Algoma Steel dock at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. She had run aground the previous night in the Canadian channel approaching Algoma Steel. Canadian Transfer was freed by two Purvis Marine tugs. The vessel suffered a crack or hole in the hull plating about 10 feet from the bottom along its port side.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Presque Isle Refloated

11/27 3:00 p.m. Update
The Presque Isle completed reloading her the cargo from the Frontenac early Tuesday afternoon and departed downbound for Conneaut where it is expected to arrive about 10:00 p.m.

Original Report
After discharging 2500 tons of her cargo of taconite in to the Frontenac, the Presque Isle floated free early this morning. The Integrated tug/barge moved up the Detroit River and turned off the Rouge River and headed downbound. They met up with the Frontenac on Lake Erie and began transferred the cargo back into barge mid morning after waiting for winds to calm.

On Monday the Presque Isle ran aground in the Detroit River off Windsor about 1:00 p.m. The vessel was headed downbound and was turning up river to enter the Ojibway Anchorage when the grounding occurred.

Low water levels in the lower Detroit River where the reason for the Presque Isle seeking anchorage as it is fully loaded. Two tugs were called to the scene but were unable to free the vessel. The Presque Isle is an integrated tug/barge, but the tug portion remained in the notch and was not working to free the vessel.

Investigators report no damage to the Presque Isle that is sailing for Conneaut, OH with a load of taconite pellets. After unloading they are scheduled to load coal for Nanticoke. The Frontenac will head to Sandusky to load.

Reported by: Wade P. Streeter




Ships Seek Shelter

11/27 1:00 p.m. Update
Vessels at anchor: Cartierdoc (loaded and ready to leave), Canadian Venture (loaded ready to leave), Ida (waiting for wind to die to enter port), St. Clair (headed for Duluth), Paterson (loaded from Duluth), Reserve (headed for Superior), Canadian Enterprise (waiting for wind to die to enter Port). Other Vessels in Port: Federal Shimato (loading at Richardson), Canadian Olympic (loaded but waiting on weather at TBay Term), Makeevka (at Keefer Term), Lake Superior (loading at Western Pool # 10).

Conditions at noon: Temp -5c, Flurries, wind 37 knots at Passage Island. Gale warnings still in effect, 45 knot winds forecasted for Lake Superior. Waves 4 to 5 meters (13' to 17') Winds deminishing later tonight.

Original Report
Monday night the list of ships anchoring in Thunder Bay to wait out the weather was growing. Cartierdoc, Canadian Venture, Ida, Paterson, St. Clair and Reserve were all anchored out in the bay trying to seek shelter from the forecasted 45-knot winds and heavy snow.

Last night winds were picking up and a light dusting of snow carpeted the city, but it was supposed to get much worse overnight and is moving towards the Soo. The Saltie Federal Saguenay was attempting to move out of Saskatchewan Pool 7a and out onto the bay where she'll proceed down the lake.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Busy Day in Holland

11/27
The tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons arrived at Brewer's Dock in Holland, MI shortly after 10:00 a.m. Monday morning and was unloaded by about 3:00. In the meantime, the Joseph H. Frantz had arrived in port and pulled up to the Padnos dock. As the McKee Sons backed out and turned in the basin, the Frantz moved ahead, tied up and began unloading at about 4:00 p.m.

Images of recent traffic by Dale Rosema
Joseph H. Frantz heading onto Lake Michigan from South Channel.
Frantz on Lake Macatawa.
Stern view of the Great Lakes Trader departing.
Great Lakes Trader on Lake Michigan.
Southdown Conquest in Ferrysburg.
Southdown Conquest in Ferrysburg from US 31 Draw Bridge.
Joseph H Frantz from early October.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse and Dale Rosema




Everlast and McLeod Move

11/25
The barge Norman McLeod and tug Everlast departed the fit out dock at Port Weller Dry Docks Monday morning. The pair moved down the Welland Canal to Warf 18.3 in Port Colborne where final fit out will be completed.

The barge was built at the Jinling Shipyard in China and will carry heavy oils and asphalt products on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and East Coast. While in under tow from China the barge was damaged and required hull work at Port Weller.

The ice strengthened OPA double-hulled barge is capable of carrying 11,300 cu. m. of asphalt or other black oils at 23-ft. draft. State of the art heating system, bow thruster, onboard pollution prevention equipment, and overall design will make it safe and efficient liquid product carrier to service the internal needs for McAsphalt Industries and other third party business.

The modern barge is fitted to the tug Everlast, a specially designed 6,000 hp twin screw tug fitted with an Articouple system of hydraulic rams allowing ship like navigation efficiency and performance in both speed, maneuverability and safety even in rough weather conditions. The tug and barge are also fitted with full towing capabilities. The overall unit length is just over 500 ft. with a 70 ft. beam.

McAsphalt will provide all marketing and traffic services while Upper Lakes Group Inc. will manage the pair's operations.

The tug Everlast arrived from the Caribbean last year and dock below Lock 1 at Port Weller. In December 2000 it was move to Hamilton where crews prepared the tug for the barge's arrival.

The tug was built in 1977 at the Hashimoto Zosen Shipyard in Japan as hull number 396 and entered service under the name Bilibino for the Far Eastern Shipping Corporation out of Russia. She sailed as such until a sale in December of 1996 saw her ownership change to Portolos Salvage and Towage of Greece. They applied the name Everlast that was retained after she was again sold to McAsphalt Marine Transportation in November of 1999.

Its dimensions are 143-feet in length, 44-feet in width, 21-feet in depth. It is registered at 1,361 Gross tons, 408 Net with a deadweight tonnage of 336. Her two Daihatsu engines produce a combined 6,000 horsepower and drive 2 propellers that can push the tug along at around 13.5 knots.

Pictures by Jeff Thoreson and Alex Howard
Norman McLeod.
Le Vent.
Stern View.
Le Vent and McLeod.
Everlast and McLeod at the fitout dock.
Drawing of tug and barge from Upper Lakes Group.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt




Company denies blame in deaths

11/27
J.W. Westcott Co. says it wasn't responsible for the Oct. 23 sinking of its Detroit River mail boat and instead placed blame on the tanker Sidsel Knutsen, according to a federal lawsuit.

The Westcott's mail boat sank while attempting to transfer a pilot and another man to the passing 533-foot tanker. The sinking killed the mail boat's master and a crew member.

"The Knutsen failed to slow sufficiently and otherwise maneuver so as to permit the exchange to take place," the Westcott lawsuit said according to the Detroit News. "The Sidsel Knutsen struck the Westcott, causing the vessel to be pulled into suction near the port."

The newspaper reported that the Norwegian company that owns the Sidsel Knutsen couldn't be reached for comment.

Reported by: Lisa Morris




Ice Boom in Place

11/27
The Corps of Engineers tug Whitefish Bay and crane barge Harvey installed the floating section of the ice boom at the Little Rapids Cut (Sugar Island ferry crossing) Monday in the St. Marys River. Work had begun on the boom last week when cables were installed and pinned. Winter markers were added for aids to navigation in the area and vessel traffic is now restricted from two way to one vessel at a time.

Tug and barge installing the ice boom.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Sputtering Out

11/27
For the second month in a row, shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes slipped dramatically in October. Loadings at U.S. and Canadian ports totaled 5.6 million net tons, a decrease of more than 23 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. In September, the ore trade was down 20 percent compared to the same period in 2000.

With only one major use for iron ore - steel making - Great Lakes shipping continues to share domestic steel makers' plight. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, through mid-November, domestic steel production stood at 87 million tons, a decrease of 12.2 percent from the 99.1 million tons poured through the same point last year. Since it takes 1.3 tons of iron ore to make a ton of steel, the Great Lakes iron ore trade has slumped by 16.8 percent or 9.2 million tons through October. That's enough iron ore to keep three 1,000-footers busy for nearly a season. Anemic demand for iron ore has already pushed four U.S.-Flag lakers into lay-up for the season, including the James R. Barker, one of thirteen 1,000-footers flying the U.S. flag on the Lakes. Demand for iron ore has been so weak that two other U.S.-Flag lakers never sailed this season and a number were withdrawn from service for varying periods during the season.

The Lakes stone trade also partially reflects the problems confronting American steel makers. With steel makers taking less fluxstone, the stone trade has slipped by 5.5 percent through October.

The coal trade did register an 8.3 percent increase in October. Utilities took advantage of increased coal availability, and for the season, the trade is roughly on a par with last year.

Reported by: The Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

11/27
Walter J. McCarthy Jr., a boat that typically runs late into the season, arrived in Duluth early on Nov. 26 for winter lay-up at Garfield Pier next to the Duluth port terminal.

A late fall storm with strong winds was moving into northern Minnesota on Monday morning. Early reports had the Edwin H. Gott going to anchor rather than trying to make Two Harbors.

In the harbor, Burns Harbor was loading at BNSF ore dock and George A. Stinson was fueling and waiting for its turn at the dock. Taxideftis was tied up at the Cenex Harvest States terminal's lay by berth awaiting orders. Peonia was right behind it in the loading berth. Federal Polaris was at the port terminal to unload steel coils. Olympic Merit was anchored on the lake.

Midwest Energy Terminal is now scheduled to operate to Dec. 20, when the Indiana Harbor is listed as loading for Silver Bay. Also in the coal trade, Paul R. Tregurtha has an eclectic schedule for the next two weeks. It's due at the dock Tuesday to load for the Detroit Edison plant in St. Clair. Then it's due to load coal Dec. 3 for Taconite Harbor and Dec. 5 for Presque Isle near Marquette.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw Update

11/27
The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann delivered the second cargo of stone to the new Bay Aggregates Dock on Sunday. The day before, the American Republic delivered the first. So far, 24,000 tons have been unloaded at the new site. These "pre-loads" were delivered to allow for soil compression at the site, with another 24,000 expected before the end of the shipping season.

The David Z. Norton was back again on the Stoneport to Saginaw River shuttle she has been running of late. She lightered at Bay City Wirt before going up to Saginaw to finish. The Norton departed the Saginaw Wirt Dock at noon Monday to turn at 6th Street before heading downbound for the bay.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
David Z. Norton downbound at the current Bay Aggregates Dock.
Close up.
Stern view at Veteran's Memorial Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

11/27
The salt water vessel Capetan Michalis was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock on Monday. The CSL Niagara was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Tuesday. The Amelia Desgagnes and Algosteel on Wednesday. The Charles M. Beeghly on Thursday, followed by the American Republic, H. Lee White, and Canadian Transport on Friday. The Torco Ore Docks are closed down for the season.

Future vessel arrivals for this port due in the next several days will be Peter R. Creswell for the CSX Stone Dock. The Algomarine bringing in a load of grain to one of the River dock sites. The Mapleglen due in at one of the grain elevators to load grain.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Merle M. McCurdy and Henry Steinbrenner in long term lay-up at the C&O Docks "Frog Pond" area waiting for business conditions to improve before they would sail again.
Pointe Noire getting ready to load grain at the Midstates Elevator. Note the bumboat "Deweys" alongside her doing business with the ships crew.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Mark Your Calendar

11/27:
Great Lakes Maritime Institute (Dossin Museum) Marine Mart, December 1 at Harbor Hill Marina foot of St. Jean St. Detroit, MI.

The Harbor Hill Marina will again be hosting the annual Marine Mart from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Marine Mart features dealers selling books, photographs, postcards, artwork and artifacts. For more information call 313-852-4051

Look for me at the Know Your Ships table.




Pre Christmas Sale

11/27:
Shipping and Lighthouse Merchandise Sale - Gambler's Sale Just in time for the holidays. Buy early or loose your chance. All items in stock including Interlake Steamship and other companies:
November 24th-30th 25% off
Dec. 1- 8th- 30% off
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Anything left Dec. 16th-25th 50% off

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Today in Great Lakes History - November 27

The ALGOSEA entered Lake service as a self-unloader for the first time with salt loaded at Goderich, Ont. and passed downbound in the Welland Canal November 27, 1976 for Quebec City.

The AVONDALE (2) was condemned and was not allowed to carry cargo after she arrived at Toledo, OH on November 27, 1975 to load soybeans.

The steam barge CHAUNCY HURLBUT was launched at the shipyard of Simon Langell at St. Clair, MI on Thanksgiving Day, 27 November 1873. She was built for Chandler Bros. of Detroit.

On 27 November 1886, COMANCHE (wooden schooner, 137', 322 t, built in 1867 at Oswego, NY) was carrying corn in a storm on Lake Ontario when she ran on a shoal and sank near Point Peninsula, NY. A local farmer died while trying to rescue her crew of 8. His was the only death. She was later recovered and rebuilt as THOMAS DOBBIE.

The Pere Marquette 22 collided with the Wabash in heavy fog in 1937.

In 1966 the City of Midland 41 ran aground at Ludington in a storm. Stranded on board were a number of passengers and 56 crewman. Ballast tanks were flooded to hold the steamer on until the storm subsided. She was pulled off four days later by the Roen tug JOHN PURVES.

The propeller MONTGOMERY, which burned in June 1878, was raised on 27 November 1878. Her engine and boiler were removed and she was converted to a barge. She was rebuilt at Algonac, Michigan in the summer of 1879.

On 27 November 1866, the Oswego Advertiser & Times reported that the schooner HENRY FITZHUGH arrived at Oswego, New York with 17,700 bushels of wheat from Milwaukee. Her skipper was Captain Cal Becker. The round trip took 23 days which was considered "pretty fast sailing."

The CITY OF FLINT 32 was launched in Manitowoc on 27 Nov 1929.
Image of the City Of Flint 32 from the Father Dowling Collection

On Monday, 27 Nov 1996, the MALLARD up bound apparently bounce off the wall in the Welland canal below Lock 1 and into the path of the CANADIAN ENTERPRISE. It was a sideswipe rather than a head on collision. The ENTERPRISE was repaired at Port Weller Dry Docks. The repairs to the gangway and ballast vent pipes took six hours. The MALLARD proceeded to Port Colborne to be repaired there.

At 10:20 p.m. on Monday, 27 NOV 2000, the CANADIAN TRANSFER radioed Soo Traffic to report that the vessel was aground off Algoma Steel and "taking on water but in no danger." The crew reported that they had two anchors down and one line on the dock. Purvis Marine was contacted.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Presque Isle Grounds in the Detroit River

11/26 2:00 p.m. update
The 1000-foot Presque Isle ran aground in the Detroit River off Windsor about 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. The vessel was headed downbound and was turning up river to enter the Ojibway Anchorage when the grounding occurred. Ships make this turn in the river and head against the current to enter the anchorage.

Low water levels in the lower Detroit River where the reason for the Presque Isle seeking anchorage as it is fully loaded. It is unknown if the low water levels played a role in the grounding.

Two tugs were called to the scene but were unable to free the vessel. The Presque Isle is an integrated tug/barge, but the tug portion remains in the notch and is not working to free the vessel.

Investigators report no damage to the Presque Isle which is stuck in Canadian waters. The vessel is clear of the shipping channel and other vessels are asked to reduce speed when passing the site.

The Frontenac is expected on scene about 10:00 p.m. to lighter the Isle. The Frontenac is unloading at Rouge Steel and will head to the stranded vessel once finished.

The Presque Isle was sailing for Conneaut, OH with a load of taconite pellets. After unloading they are scheduled to load coal for Nanticoke.

Check back for updates




Calumet Stops in Sarnia

11/26
The Calumet was docked in Sarnia Sunday at the South End of the Sarnia North Slip. Several Harold Marcus tank trucks where along side at the stern. It is unknown why the vessel was docked but Marcus tank trucks are usually hired to carry away oil products.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Trader Waits

11/26
The barge Great Laker Trader attempted to enter Grand Haven about 11:00 p.m. Saturday night in high winds. The tug and barge appeared to be having difficulties entering the port due to heavy winds. The barge was pushed sideways, as if the bow thruster was having trouble keeping up with the wind. After the bow came very close to the North Shore pier the crew decided to anchor in Lake Michigan and wait for the winds to clam. It remained anchored off shore Sunday morning.

Reported by: Jake Weaver




Wolverine loads at Port Inland

11/26
Friday afternoon the Wolverine arrived at Port Inland to load stone for Muskegon and Grand Haven. Friday evening the crew enjoyed a special dinner that consisted of: Broiled Lobster, Grilled Filet Mignon, Wild Rice Blend, Baked Potatoes, Fresh Asparagus and an assortment of pies for dessert. Thursday night crew enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Turkey and Ham being the main items on the menu. Loading began about 4:30 p.m. and they were ready to depart at 2:00 a.m. for Muskegon. The Wolverine is scheduled to make several trips to Port Inland in the coming days.

Wolverine loading stone at dark.
Banner hanging the Wolverine's Galley that was made for the crew by elementary school kids in Holland, from the Wolverine's recent trip to Holland.
Wolverine backing into Port Inland Harbor.
Wolverine backing into dock (after completing turn).
Turning the last corner to make the dock.
Side view at the loading dock.

Reported by: Scott Best




Lorain Traffic

11/26
Saturday was a busy afternoon in Lorain even with the LTV Terminal down. The Agawa Canyon arrived at the breakwall about 3:00 p.m. heading to the old Falbo dock with limestone, just south of the N&S Bridge.

Arriving less than an hour later was the Cason J. Callaway. She sailed up to the Republic Technology Dock (the old U S Steel Dock) with a load of Taconite. She sailed about a mile up river and carefully passing the Agawa Canyon on the way up. Only two boats in a week up river and both at the same time.

LTV's Pellet Terminal dispatch telephone recording reports no traffic saying "nothing due now please call back". The pending shut down of LTV's Cleveland Steel Mill will end the delivery of taconite to the terminal.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Marinette-Menominee Update

11/26
The Voorneborg arrived in Menominee Thursday morning to unload another cargo of wood pulp for K&K Warehousing. The Voorneborg departed Menominee sometime Sunday sailing for Duluth. The Amelia Desgagnes arrived Sunday afternoon with a cargo of Pig Iron.

The Tug Gregory J Busch and its barge remain tied up behind the Donner; they have loaded but have been waiting on weather for over a week now. The Chios Pride is due into Marinette Monday or Tuesday with a cargo of Pig Iron, while the Vancourborg is the next boat scheduled to arrive in Menominee with wood pulp.

Voorneborg bow view .
Voorneborg stern view .
Amelia Desgagnes with Gregory J Busch in background.
Marinette inbound last week to load pulp in Menominee .
Marinette through the bridge heads to K&K dock with the tug Carla Anne Selvick) .
Marinette and Arion at K&K dock last week.

Reported by: Scott Best




Toledo News

11/26
The Capetan Michalis was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo on Sunday. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Tuesday. Algosteel and Amelia Desgagnes on Wednesday. The Charles M. Beeghly and Buffalo on Thursday, followed by the Canadian Transport and H. Lee White on Friday.

The Peter Creswell (former Algowest) will be making her first trip into Toledo under her new name within the next several days. She has a partial load of stone bound for the CSX Stone Dock. She will unload part of her stone cargo at Windsor, Ontario before proceeding to Toledo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

11/26
The Agawa Canyon was unloading stone at the Cuyahoga Road products dock near west 3rd street at 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The Cuyahoga was unloading stone at the Ontario #4 at the same time. The Maumee was docked to unload stone at Ontario #1 but appeared to be having unloader rig trouble as several crewmembers were working on the boom. The rest of the deck crew were busy stripping tarps off deck hatches presumably in preparation for loading at the salt dock.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Hamilton News

11/26
The Windoc remain docked in the harbor with no activity seen onboard. Last week, the Gordon C. Leitch was shifted from its position on Pier 10 to Pier 8 right in front of the Windoc.

The Lorena I (Nunavit Trader) and the CSL Trillium are rafted together at Pier 9. Also at Pier 9 were the tugs Pacific Standard and the Prescotont.

Unloading jet fuel at Pier 11 was the Vega Desgagnes. The saltie Arizona Dream was moored on the north face of Pier 10 with no unloading activity seen.

Over at Pier 14, the Lake Carling was unloading steel I beams. On Heddles dry dock is a cutoff tank/barge with two names on the bow - Imperial London and Congar. Moored beside the dry dock are the tall ships Kajama and Challenge which were previously in the drydock.

The saltie Inviken was unloading steel products at Pier 23. No vessel activity seen at either Stelco or Dofasco.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Updates

11/26
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Today in Great Lakes History - November 26

The MESQUITE departed Charlevoix and locked through the Soo on November 26, 1989 to begin SUNDEW's normal buoy tending duties on Lake Superior.

The ELIZABETH HINDMAN was launched November 26, 1920 as a) GLENCLOVA.

November 26, 1910 - The Ann Arbor #5 was launched. She was the first carferry to be built with a seagate, as a result of the sinking of the Pere Marquette 18 in September of 1910.

On 26 November 1872, the steamer GEO. W. REYNOLDS burned at 1 o'clock in the morning at the dock in Bay City. The fire supposedly originated in the engine room. She was owned by A. English of East Saginaw.

On 26 November 1853, ALBANY (wooden sidewheel passenger/package freight, 202', 669 t, built in 1846 at Detroit, MI) was carrying passengers and miscellaneous cargo in a storm on Lake Huron.. She was making for the shelter of Presque Isle harbor when the gale drove her over a bar. Her crew and 200 passengers came ashore in her boats. Plans were made to haul her back across the bar when another storm wrecked her. Her boiler and most of her machinery were recovered the following year.

LAKE BREEZE (wooden propeller, 122', 301 gc, built in 1868 at Toledo, OH) burned at her dock in Leamington, Ontario on 26 November 1878. One man perished in the flames. She was raised in 1880 but the hull was deemed worthless. Her machinery and metal gear were removed in 1881 and sold to an American company.

The ANN ARBOR No. 5 (steel carferry, 359', 2988 gt) was launched by the Toledo Ship Building Company (hull #118) on 26 Nov 1910. She was the first carferry to be built with a seagate, as a result of the sinking of the PERE MARQUETTE 18 in September of 1910.

On 26 Nov 1881, JANE MILLER (wooden propeller passenger-package freight "coaster", 78', 210 gc, built in 1878 at Little Current, ON) departed Meaford, Ontario for Wiarton-- sailing out into the teeth of a gale and was never seen again. All 30 aboard were lost. She probably sank near the mouth of Colpoy's Bay in Georgian Bay. She had serviced the many small ports on the inside coast of the Bruce Peninsula.

HIRAM W. SIBLEY (wooden propeller freighter, 221', 1419 gt, built in 1890 at E. Saginaw, MI) was carrying 70,000 bushels of corn from Chicago for Detroit. On 26 Nov 1898, she stranded on the northwest corner of South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan during blizzard. (Some sources say this occurred on 27 November.) The tugs PROTECTOR and SWEEPSTAKES were dispatched for assistance but the SIBLEY re-floated herself during the following night and then began to sink again. She was put ashore on South Fox Island to save her but she broke in half; then completely broke up during a gale on 7 December 1898.

During the early afternoon of 26 Nov 1999, the LOUIS R. DESMARAIS suffered an engine room fire while sailing in the western section of Lake Ontario. Crews onboard the DESMARAIS put out the fire and restarted her engines. The DESMARAIS proceeded to the Welland canal where she was inspected by both U.S. and Canadian investigators. No significant damage was noted and the vessel was allowed to proceed.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.





Barges Refloated

11/25
The barge Norman McLeod was towed from the Port Weller Dry Dock to the fit out wall Saturday morning. It was assisted by the tugs James E. McGrath, Seahound and Miseford.

Shortly after, the tug Everlast was moved into the stern of McLeod. The tug and barge are expected to depart this morning. The may sail to the Welland Dock for further work, and hopefully getting underway for Detroit (where they will spend the winter) by early January.

The tank barge Le Vent was then towed out of the dock as well and moved over to fit out wall.

Pictures by Jeff Thoreson and Alex Howard
Norman McLeod.
Le Vent.
Stern View.
Le Vent and McLeod.
Everlast and McLeod at the fitout dock.
Le Vent pulled from the dry dock.
Work complete, Miseford and Seahound get ready to lock down in Lock 1.

Reported by: Jimmy Sprunt, Alex Howard and Jeff Thoreson




Oswego Salt Rush in Full Swing

11/25
Friday saw the third vessel carrying salt into Oswego, NY on Lake Ontario. The Capt. Henry Jackman was in port at 4:00 a.m. and unloading. She quickly departed after unloading 10,000 mt (per crew), sailing back to Goderich, ON for more salt.

While Oswego traffic can be very slow for most of the season, this time of year it picks up steadily until lay-up with the salt trade.

Reported by: Tom Moriarty




Saginaw Update

11/25
The Mississagi arrived in the Saginaw River Saturday morning passing through the Independence Bridge in Bay City at 800 a.m. She was headed upriver to the Buena Vista Dock to unload. Finishing by late afternoon, Mississagi turned at the 6th Street Basin and departed for the bay around 300 p.m.

The David Z. Norton arrived overnight to lighter at the Bay City Wirt Dock before proceeding upriver to the Saginaw Wirt Dock to finish. After unloading, she turned and waited for the upbound Mississagi to get tied off at the BV Dock before proceeding downbound for the Saginaw Bay.

The American Republic was passing the Front Range at 1235 p.m. She arrived a short time later at the new Bay Aggregates Dock (ex Amoco Slip) in Bangor Township. Once in the slip she christened the new dock by unloading the first cargo of stone at that location.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
David Z. Norton downbound at Bay City Wirt.
Close up passing through Independence Bridge.
Stern View.
American Republic from the new Bay Aggregates entrance road.
View from Smith Park in Essexville.
View from the Essroc Dock.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

11/25
Saturday the salt water vessel Capetan Michalis was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Tuesday. Amelia Desgagnes and Algosteel on Wednesday followed by the Charles M. Beeghly, Canadian Transport, and Buffalo on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Traffic

11/25
After assisting the barges from the dry dock the Miseford and the Seahound headed downbound to pick up barge OC 181 below Lock 1 with a heavy cargo on deck. Also in the Welland Canal was the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Griffon heading to the upper lakes for winter duty and the cement boat English River was upbound below Lock 1. Other traffic is shown below

Griffon upbound.
Stern view of the Griffon.
English River Upbound.
OC 181 below Lock 1.

Pomorze Zachodnie downbound loaded with 18,000 tons of peas for Montreal and Spain.
Stern View.
Canadian Provider inbound at Port Colborne.
Algobay downbound with coal from Conneaut for Lakeview, Ontario.
Passing the Provider.
Stern View.
Chios Pride (destined for Marinette) passing Algobay above Lock 8.
Bow View.
Mecta Sea upbound for Ashtabula with sand.
Stern View.
McKeil barge with unusual load.
English River below Lock 1.
Stern View.
Paul Martin upbound with ore for Nanticoke.
Stern.
Cuyahoga loading stone.

Reported by: Alex Howard and Jeff Thoreson




Today in Great Lakes History - November 25

INCAN SUPERIOR was withdrawn from service after completing 2,386 trips between Thunder Bay and Superior and on November 25, 1992 she passed downbound at Sault Ste. Marie for service on the Canadian West Coast.

ROBERT C. STANLEY was laid up for the last time November 25, 1981 at the Tower Bay slip, Superior, WI.

CITY OF MILWAUKEE was launched November 25, 1930

On 25 November 1866, F. W. BACKUS (wooden propeller, 133', 289 t, built in 1846 at Amherstburg, Ont.) was carrying hay, horses and cattle off Racine, WI. She was run to the beach when it was discovered that she was on fire. Her crew and passengers disembarked. The tug DAISY LEE towed her out while she was still burning, intending to scuttle her, but the towline burned through and she drifted back to shore and burned to the waterline. Her live cargo was pushed overboard while she was still well out and they swam to shore.

November 25, 1930 - The Grand Trunk carferry City of Milwaukee was launched in Manitowoc. She was sponsored by Mrs. Walter J. Wilde, wife of the collector of customs at Milwaukee. She entered service in January of 1931.

On 25 November 1874, WILLIAM SANDERSON (wooden schooner, 136', 385 gt, built in 1853 at Oswego, NY) was carrying wheat in a storm on Lake Michigan when she foundered. The broken wreck washed ashore off Empire, Michigan near Sleeping Bear. She was owned by Scott & Brown of Detroit.

During a storm on 25 November 1895, MATTIE C. BELL (wooden schooner, 181', 769 gt, built in 1882 at E. Saginaw, MI) was in tow of the steamer JIM SHERRIFS on Lake Michigan. The schooner stranded at Big Summer Island, was abandoned in place and later broke up. No lives were lost.

On 25 Nov 1947, the CAPTAIN JOHN ROEN was renamed ADAM E. CORNELIUS.

On 25 Nov 1905, the JOSEPH G. BUTLER, JR. (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 525', 6588 gt) entered service, departing Lorain, Ohio for Duluth on her maiden voyage. The vessel was damaged in a severe storm on that first crossing of Lake Superior, but she was repaired and had a long career. She was renamed DONALD B. GILLIES in 1935 and GROVEDALE in 1963. She was sunk as a dock in Hamilton in 1973 and finally sold for scrap in 1981.
Photo of the Butler from the Father Dowling Collection.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Barker Enters Lay-up

11/24
The James R. Barker entered Sturgeon Bay from Green Bay early Friday morning. The thousand footer entered Bay Shipbuilding Berth #15 for Lay-up.

The Barker is the first ship into Bay Ship for the 2001-2002 season.

The crew reported that the ship was in for an indefinite lay-up period.

The Barker's early lay-up is due to LTV Steel announcing plans to close operations at Cleveland and Indiana Harbor.

Bow shot of Name.
Side view.
View from Bulhead Point (west side of bay).
Side view of stern with the Gantry Crane at Bay Ship showing off her new colors.
The Tug Mary E. Hanna waiting for her barge to be refloated out of the floating dry dock.
Bow shot of the Mary E. at berth.
Dredge Ship Liberty Island nearing finish Later in the Year.
Gantry Crane in her Red White and Blue new colors.

Reported by: Vic DeLarwelle




Levels Approach Record Lows

11/24
Scarce rain and lingering warm weather has shrunk Lake Erie to its lowest level in three decades. Docks are sitting on exposed silt instead of floating along the shore. The U-S Army Corps of Engineers reports Lake Erie's current level is 570-point-2 feet above sea level. That's just two-and-a-half inches above its November 1966 low. Lake Erie's level usually is more stable than lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior. But an unusually dry summer has the lake 5 inches lower than last November. It could dip another 3 inches before hitting its usual winter low. This is nowhere near an all-time low. In the mid-1930s, it was a full two feet lower than where it is now.

Reported by: Dave Wobser




Philip R Clarke in Muskegon

11/24
The Philip R. Clark is back in Muskegon for the second time in a week. She arrived just before 3:00 p.m. and headed to the Verplank Salt Dock. She docked at 3:45 p.m. to unload salt.

Clarke at dock.
Unloading.
Looking from the stern to the forward cabins.
Purvus tugs and barges docked near by.

Reported by: Scott Golin




Toledo Update

11/24
The salt water vessels Capetan Michalis and Pintail were at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The CSL Niagara was expected in the late afternoon to load coal at the CSX Coal Docks. The Southdown Challenger arrived late Thursday evening at the Cemex Cement Dock to unload, she departed early Friday morning.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine, and Amelia Desgagnes on Tuesday. The Algosteel on Wednesday followed by the Canadian Transport, Buffalo, and Charles M. Beeghly on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Saginaw and Charlevoix Images

11/24
Below are recent images from Saginaw and Charlevoix.

E M Ford at the Lafarge Dock in Carrollton.
cutter Acacia in Charlevoix at the Coast Guard dock at the entry to Lake Charlevoix.
Amasa Stone & Charles S. Hebard hulls at the Cemex Plant in Charlevoix. The Stone is closer to shore with the Hebard angled to the North West.
Close up Amasa Stone.
Another view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Trip Auction, Today Only

11/24
Today the Rotary Club of St. Catharines is having a pure auction, with no previous bids. Most notably there is a trip for four people (non-transferable) of 8 to 9 days on an Algoma Ship from the Welland Canal to either the head of the lakes or Port Cartier, Quebec. Date of the trip will be coordinated with the winner. The bid number is 4905 and bidding starts at 11:30 pm Saturday.

Call 905-688-5001 for more information or to place a bid. Visit http://www.rotaryniagara.org




Today in Great Lakes History - November 24

On November 24, 1990, the Kinsman Independent ran hard aground off of Isle Royale. The vessel was on its way to load grain in Thunder Bay when she ended up 25 miles off course. The damage to the vessel was nearly $2 million, and she was repaired at Thunder Bay before the start of the 1991 season.

On November 24, 1950 while bound for South Chicago with iron ore, the ENDERS M. VOORHEES collided with the upbound steamer ELTON HOYT II (l) (now the MEDUSA CHALLENGER) in the Straits of Mackinac during a blinding snow storm. Both vessels received such serious bow damage that they had to be beached near McGulpin Point west of Mackinaw City to avoid sinking.

The ROSEMOUNT (2), stored with coal, inadvertently sank alongside CSL's Century Coal Dock at Montreal on November 24, 1934.
The THOMAS F. PATTON was launched November 24, 1945 as a C4-S-A4 cargo ship for U.S. Maritime Commission (U.S.M.C. Hull #2370) as a) SCOTT E. LAND.

PRINDOC (3) was launched November 24, 1965.

November 24, 1892 - The Ann Arbor #1 ran aground on her first trip just north of the Kewaunee harbor.

On 24 Nov 1881, LAKE ERIE (wooden propeller canaller, 136', 464 gc, built in 1873 at St, Catharine's, ON) collided with the steamer NORTHERN QUEEN in fog and a blizzard near Poverty Island by the mouth of Green Bay. LAKE ERIE sank in one hour 40 minutes. NORTHERN QUEEN took aboard the crew but one man was scalded and died before reaching Manistique.

The CITY OF SAGINAW 31 entered service in 1931.

On 24 November 1905, ARGO (steel propeller passenger/package freight, 174', 1089 t, built in 1896 at Detroit, MI) dropped into a trough of a wave, hit bottom and sank in relatively shallow water while approaching the harbor at Holland, MI. 38 passengers and crew were taken off by breeches' buoy in a thrilling rescue by the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

NEPTUNE (wooden propeller, 185', 774 gt, built in 1856 at Buffalo) was laid up at East Saginaw, Michigan on 24 November 1874 when she was discovered to be on fire at about 4:00 AM. She burned to a total loss.

The ANN ARBOR NO. 1 left Frankfort for Kewaunee on November 24, 1892. Because of the reluctance of shippers to trust their products on this new kind of ferry it was difficult to find cargo for this first trip. Finally, a fuel company which sold coal to the railroad routed four cars to Kewaunee via the ferry.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series





Taconite plants continue cutbacks

11/23
Battered by trouble in the steel industry, a Minnesota taconite plant is extending its production shutdown and a Michigan plant is being idled indefinitely, plant officials said Wednesday.

National Steel Pellet Co. in Keewatin, Minn., will remain closed until Jan. 2, and the Empire Mine in the Upper Peninsula will close indefinitely on an undetermined date.

A few days earlier, National Steel Pellet Co. had said it would extend a six-week shutdown that began Oct. 28 by seven to 10 days. But plant officials decided to extend the shutdown even further because of slack demand for steel and, consequently, for taconite pellets.

The latest extension will trim another 250,000 tons from taconite pellet production. For the year, National Steel Pellet Co. will produce about 1 million tons fewer than the approximately 5.4 million tons originally forecast at the plant. NSPC ships pellets through the BNSF ore dock in Superior, Wis.

Fallout from the closing of all LTV Steel facilities is being felt in the mining regions. Earlier this year, LTV closed its taconite mine and plant in Minnesota. On Tuesday, the company asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to close down and sell its integrated steel making facilities, saying it could no longer afford to operate. As a result of LTV's actions, officials of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. said Wednesday that the Empire Mine in Palmer, Mich., would be idled indefinitely. LTV owns 25 percent of the mine, Cleveland-Cliffs owns 35 percent and Ispat Inland Inc. owns 40 percent. Cleveland-Cliffs manages the mine.

It's not known yet when the Empire Mine will be idled or how many workers will be affected, said Ralph Berge, Cleveland-Cliffs spokesman.

Earlier this month, Cleveland-Cliffs announced plans to reduce Empire's annual production to 6 million tons from 8 million tons and eliminate about 300 of the plant's 925 employees in 2002.

Reported by: Al Miller




Tug and Barge Wait

11/23
The tug W N Twolan arrived in the Soo Harbor Thursday afternoon with the barge McAllister 132. The barge is loaded with lumber from Thunder Bay and will wait out heavy weather. Wind and wave heights in Lake Huron was increasing as the skipper maneuvered the tug & barge into the Roberta Bondar Marina.

W N Twolan and barge McAllister 132 in the Soo Harbor.
Tug maneuvers to the dock.
Bow view.
Wall of lumber on the barge.

Reported by: Jerry Masson




Tonnage up slightly in Duluth-Superior

11/23
Coal shipments from Midwest Energy Terminal continue to grow, putting Duluth-Superior's seasonal tonnage ahead of last year. However, shipments of other cargoes are declining, and more vessels are expected to arrive soon for early lay-up.

About 30 million metric tons of cargo have been shipped through Duluth-Superior through the end of October, up slightly from the 29.5 million tons that moved through the port during the first 10 months of 2000. The five-year average is 30.3 million tons.

The star of the show this season is coal. Midwest Energy Terminal loaded 12.5 million metric tons of coal through October -- up 8 percent from the same period last year.

Fred Shusterich, Midwest's president, told the Duluth News Tribune that he expects the terminal to load about 17.2 million metric tons this season. About 45 percent of the coal is shipped to Detroit Edison plants in the Detroit area. One of the terminal's fastest-growing accounts is with Ontario Power Generation Inc. in Nanticoke, Ontario. Shipments there have employed several Canadian lakers as well as occasional 1,000-footers flying the U.S. flag.

Midwest Energy Terminal has a rated capacity to load 18 million metric tons of coal per year, and Shusterich said the company is courting additional customers for water-shipped coal. Efforts to increase the terminal's customer base are evident this season, with rare or first-time shipments being made to generating plants in Ashtabula, Indiana Harbor and Aulds Bay, Nova Scotia.

In other cargoes, the 1.2 million metric tons of taconite loaded in Duluth-Superior during October is almost the same as last year. For the first 10 months of this year, 11.5 million tons of taconite have moved through the port -- only 3 percent less than during the same period last year.

Grain shipments, which are the ports' third-largest cargo, are behind last season's pace. For the first 10 months of this year, 2.8 million metric tons were shipped -- 12 percent less than the 3.2 million tons moved during the same period last year. Through October, 125 foreign ships arrived this year to load grain compared to 143 that called at the port last season.

Despite the strong shipments of coal, American Steamship Co. plans to lay up the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. in the Twin Ports sometime in the next several days, according to reports. The McCarthy will join the Roger Blough and Arthur M. Anderson, which are already in winter layup, and the Elton Hoyt II and John Sherwin, which are long-term layup in Superior.

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Reported by: Lisa Marciniak and Al Miller




Marinette Loads

11/23
Tuesday the Marinette was loading crates at the Port of Oshawa. The vessel is on a trip off the lakes after loading pulpwood in Thunder Bay last week. The Marinette departed Wednesday sailing for Spain.

Marinette docked at Oshawa.
Crate being loaded on to the Marinette.
Crates ready for loading.
View of Marinette's Cranes.
Karpin Andrey the Marinette's Cook.
View of the Marinette from the Oshawa Yacht Club.
Bow of Marinette showing crates waiting to be loaded.


Reported by: Jim Gallacher




Saginaw Update

11/23
The Herbert C. Jackson made a rare visit to the Saginaw River Thursday morning, arriving at the Bay Aggregates Dock in Bay City to unload stone.

The Jackson followed her fleetmate, Pathfinder/Dorothy Ann who unloaded at the Bay Aggregates Dock on Wednesday.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Herbert C. Jackson passing through the Veteran's Memorial Bridge.
Clear of the Bridge.
Approaching Bay Aggregates Dock.
Stern View at Bay Agg.
Veteran's Memorial Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

11/23
There was an unidentified salt water vessel at the T.W.I. Dock complex, it may have been the Capitan Michalis. There were no other vessels in port at the time of this report. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Docks will be the CSL Niagara on Friday. The Algomarine on Monday. The Amelia Desgagnes on Tuesday, followed by the Canadian Transport on Wednesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Toronto News

11/23
The Trillium returned to Toronto after its stay in Hamilton for dry docking. The tug Glenmont was relaunched by two heavy lift cranes fore and aft. This is the tug conversion that has been going on for the last two years.

Stephen B. Roman visited on Tuesday and two salties, one at Redpath and the other at anchor waiting to go in to unload sugar.

Cross-lake Hydrofoil service to Niagara-On-The-Lake has ended for the season and the vessels have been hauled out.

Below are images of the conversion of the Glenmont.

Below are images of the Glenmont conversion from her days in service to work through this summer
Bow view at St. John's Newfoundland.
Stern view.
At dock in 1994.
Docked at the dry dock 9-2-1995.
On the dry dock 5-25-1997.
In the water 6-22-1999.
Placed on shore 4-1-2000.
Stern view.
6-4-2000.
Cabins cut away 6-10-2000.
Steel work on the hull 6-30-2000.
Work on the stern 8-29-2000.
Wide view 8-29-2000.
Bulbus bow in place 2-21-2001.
Looking down the bow 4-23-2001.
Another view.
Work progressing 7-31-2001.
Stern view.
Port stern.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 23

After discharging her cargo, the SAMUEL MATHER (6) proceeded to De Tour, MI laying up for the last time at the Pickands Mather Coal Dock on November 23, 1981.

In 1987 the ROGERS CITY (2) was towed out of Menominee, MI for scrapping in Brazil.

STADACONA (3)'s sea trials were completed on November 23, 1952 and was delivered to CSL the next day.

On 23 November 1872, Capt. W. B. Morley launched the propeller JARVIS Lord at Marine City, MI. Her dimensions were 193' x 33' x 18', 1000 tons. She was the first double decker built at Marine City. Her engine was from Wm. Cowie of Detroit.

On 23 November 1867, S. A. CLARK (wooden propeller tug, 12 t, built in 1863 at Buffalo) was in Buffalo's harbor when her boiler exploded and she sank.

November 23, 1930 - The Ann Arbor carferry Wabash grounded in Betsie Lake. She bent her rudder stock and her steering engine was broken up.

On 23 November 1853, the wooden schooner PALESTINE was bound from Kingston to Cleveland with railroad iron at about the same time as the like-laden schooner ONTONAGON. Eight miles west of Rochester, New York, both vessels ran ashore, were pounded heavily by the waves and sank. Both vessels reported erratic variations in their compasses. The cargoes were removed and ONTONAGON was pulled free on 7 December, but PALESTINE was abandoned. A similar event happened with two other iron-laden vessels a few years previously at the same place.

On 23 November 1853, the Ward Line's wooden side-wheeler HURON struck an unseen obstruction in the Saginaw River and sank. She was raised on 12 December 1853, towed to Detroit and repaired at a cost of $12,000. She was then transferred to Lake Michigan to handle the cross-lake traffic given the Ward Line by the Michigan Central Railroad.
Photo of the Huron from the Father Dowling Collection.

The carferry GRAND HAVEN was sold to the West India Fruit & Steamship Co., Norfolk, VA in 1946 and was brought down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, LA for reconditioning before reaching Port Everglades and the Port of Palm Beach, FL. She was brought back to the Lakes and locked upbound through the Welland Canal on 23 Nov 1964. She was intended for roll on/roll off carrier service to haul truck trailers laden with steel coils from Stelco's plant at Hamilton, Ont.

The CSL NIAGARA passed Port Huron, MI on 23 Nov 1999 on her way to Thunder Bay to load grain. This was her first trip to the upper lakes since the vessel was launched in June 1999.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Steve Haverty, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history




LTV Fall Out

11/22
Just one day after LTV announced it is planning to shut down operations at Cleveland and Indiana Harbor the first casualties are appearing.

On Wednesday the James R. Barker was sent Sturgeon Bay for early lay-up. That morning it was passing Detroit on its final passage of the season. The Mesabi Miner will follow, laying up sometime in early December.

In Oglebay Norton's fleet, the Armco and Courtney Burton will lay-up around December 1 and the Reserve about December 7.

Last season these vessels sailed until the very end of December and the Barker and Miner sailed into the second week of January.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Mailboat repairs underway

11/22
Repairs have begun on the Mailboat J.W. Westcott II at Nicholson Terminal in Detroit. Steel work is being completed by crews at Nicholson's where the Westcott II has remained since its sinking in October.

Once the steel work is completed the Westcott II will be placed back in the water and towed to Gregory's Marina on the Detroit River behind Belle Isle. Once there it will be lifted from the water and crews will begin replacing the engine and refitting the interior of the vessel.

Reported by: Capt. Sam Buchanan




St. Clair Cutoff Dredging set to commence

11/22
Regular maintenance dredging will begin soon in the cutoff channel at the lower end of the St. Clair River. The Canadian Government contract was awarded to McNally Marine Ltd. On hand for the job is the tug Sandra Mary, tug LeTaurneau, a dump scow, sectional barge, and a large Northwest crane on a deck barge.

Reported by: George Lee




Port Inland Monthly Update

11/22
For the period September 22 through October 22 the Wilfred Sykes once again had the most visits to port. Stone shipments out of Port Inland were down from the previous month. 31 boats loaded at Port Inland compared to 41 in the previous month and 18 different boats loaded compared to 21 the month before. The Canadian Navigator was a rare visitor and one of 3 Canadian vessels to load at Port Inland.

Wilfred Sykes X6
Wolverine X3
American Mariner X1
Capt. Henry Jackman X1
Great Lakes Trader X3
Algoway X1
Joseph H Frantz X1
McKee Sons X1
Joseph L Block X3
Canadian Navigator X1
Arthur M Anderson X1
Adam E Cornelious X1
David Z Norton X3
Maumee X1
Fred R White Jr. X1
Kellstone 1 X1
Courtney Burton X1
Earl W Oglebay X1

Reported by: Scott Best




Toledo News

11/22
The H. Lee White finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed Wednesday morning. The John G. Munson shifted over to the #4 coal dock soon after the White left and began loading coal. She was expected to depart late in the afternoon. The Canadian Leader was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator and was expected to depart in the evening. The Cuyahoga was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator and was expected to depart late that evening.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the CSL Niagara on Friday evening. The Algomarine on Monday afternoon. The Amelia Desgagnes on Tuesday evening, followed by the Canadian Transport on Wednesday evening.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Samuel Mather loading coal at the C&O #3 Dock.
Silver Isle in the Mohawk Fleet color scheme loading grain at the Midstates Elevator.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Thanksgiving on the Lakes

11/22
Below is a typical menu enjoyed by crews sailing on Thanksgiving

M.V. Nicolet
Nov. 28, 1985
Prepared by Steward John O'Konski, with Kirk Diener, Abdalla Hagagi, James Mulcahy, Haddi Ahmeed

Appetizers
Tossed Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Oyster Cocktail Soup
Oyster Stew

Entrees
Boiled Lobster Tail with Drawn Butter, Broiled Filet Mignon with Mushrooms & Bacon, Roast Goose with Tangerine Stuffing Vegetables Baked Squash, Eggplant Parmigiana, Brussels Sprouts with Cheese Sauce, Sweet Potatoes, Whipped Potatoes & Gravy

Desserts Mincemeat Pie, Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream, Banana Splits, Fruit Cake, Plum Pudding with Wine Sauce

Holiday Favors
Assorted Beverages, Egg Nog, Apple Cider, Assorted Chocolates, Potato Chips, Pretzels, Salted Nuts, Assorted Candies, Cigars, Cigarettes

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Today in Great Lakes History - November 22

Scrapping of the SPRUCEGLEN was completed on November 22, 1986 by Lakehead Scrap Metal Co. at Thunder Bay. The SPRUCEGLEN was the last Canadian coal-fired bulker.

The FRONTENAC (4) while in ballast sustained major structural damage from grounding on Pellet Reef attempting to enter Silver Bay, MN at 2140 hours on November 22, 1979.

On 22 November 1869, CREAM CITY (3-mast wooden bark, 629 t, built in 1862 at Sheboygan, WI) was carrying wheat in a gale when she lost her way and went ashore on Drummond Island. She appeared to be only slightly damaged, but several large pumps were unable to lower the water in her hull. She was finally abandoned as a total wreck on 8 December. She was built as a "steam bark" with an engine capable of pushing her at 5 or 6 mph. After two months of constant minor disasters, this was considered an unsuccessful experiment and the engine was removed.

The CITY OF MILWAUKEE was chartered to the Ann Arbor Railroad Co. and started the Frankfort, MI-Kewaunee, WI service for them on November 22, 1978.

November 22, 1929 - The City of Saginaw 31 went out on her sea trials.

On 22 November 1860, CIRCASSIAN (wooden schooner, 135', 366 t, built in 1856 at Irving, NY) was carrying grain in a gale and blizzard on Lake Michigan when she stranded on White Shoals near Beaver Island. She sank to her decks and then broke in two. Her crew was presumed lost, but actually made it to Hog Island in the blizzard and they were not rescued from there for two weeks.

A final note from the Big Gale of 1879. On 22 November 1879, the Port Huron Times reported, "The barge DALTON is still high and dry on the beach at Point Edward."

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Steve Haverty and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series




LTV to Halt Operations

11/21
In a striking blow to the U.S. steel and shipping industries, LTV Steel asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Tuesday for permission to halt its integrated steel operations and get ready to sell them.

If approved the company will begin the immediate shut down of steel making at Cleveland and Indiana Harbor in East Chicago.

"LTV no longer has sufficient liquidity or sources of other capital to operate the integrated steel facilities," the company said in a press release. LTV had filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors on Dec. 29, 2000. It blamed competition from cheap imports and a sluggish economy. Since filing for bankruptcy the company has worked to cut costs and become profitable but was unable to do so under current conditions.

LTV is the nation's third-largest integrated steel maker with a work force of about 17,000 and has operations in 17 states, Canada and Britain.

The Interlake Steamship Company, American Steamship Company and the Oglebay Norton Company are under contact with LTV to carry taconite pellets from the upper lakes to Lorain, Ohio where smaller vessels carry the pellets to the Cleveland steel mill. When LTV filed for bankruptcy in December of last year rumors suggested that the amount owed to ASC and Oglebay was about 11 million dollars. Since that time vessels have continued to work under contract to LTV carrying the raw materials to the steel mills.

The production of one ton of steel requires roughly 1.3 tons of iron ore. The stone trade will also be affected by the closing of the mills. It takes about 400 pounds of fluxstone (a type of limestone) to produce a ton of steel.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy and Tom Geiger




Cedar Remains

11/21
The Cedar remains at dock in Quebec City after grounding in the St. Lawrence River on Friday. In the grounding the newly built Greek vessel punctured sections of the forward double bottom.

The ship's owners are completing a plan to repair the vessel that will then be presented to the Coast Guard for approval. The Cedar will not be authorized to depart the harbor in its present condition. The ship will require dry-docking but it is unknown in what location.

Davie Industries shipyard across from Quebec City was officially declared bankrupt several weeks ago and is now managed by a trustee until new owners are found. New owners must be found by the end of November, if not the assets of the company will be liquidated to pay off creditors.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Last Load for the Season

11/21
The Lake Michigan port of Holland, Michigan received its final load of coal for the season on Tuesday. The Wolverine arrived with the load for James DeYoung Power Plant.

Reported by: Bob VandeVusse




Coast Guard Transports Chief

11/21
Monday afternoon the 35-year-old chief engineer was lifted from the tug Mark Hannah, while underway on Lake Erie, by an Air Station Detroit helicopter. Coast Guard Station Ashtabula received the request via Marine Safety Office Cleveland, for the medevac after the crewmember experienced symptoms of a possible heart attack.

A helicopter was launched from the Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and safely transported the patient to Ashtabula County Medical Center.

Reported by: Andy Severson




Twin Ports Report

11/21
Twin Ports boatwatchers got a treat Tuesday when the Middletown paid one of its infrequent calls to Duluth, steaming in amid bright sunlight. The boat was carrying stone for the Cutler dock.

BNSF ore dock was busy, clearing one 1,000-footer, which was then quickly followed by the George A. Stinson.

At the port terminal, Taxideftis remained in the steel berth awaiting orders. Menominee waited at another berth with its cargo of lumber. The receiving area for Lake Superior Warehousing has a great deal of lumber waiting to be shipped out.

The only grain vessel in port was Lake Ontario, loading at Cenex Harvest States in Superior. Several more lakers and salties are scheduled to load grain yet this season.

Reported by: Al Miller




Toledo Update

11/21
The Joseph H. Frantz departed from Toledo Tuesday morning after unknown repairs were completed at the Shipyard. The Canadian Leader was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. The John J. Boland was loading coal at the CSX Docks with the H. Lee White and John G. Munson due in later on that evening.

The Columbia Star was at the Torco Dock unloading a partial cargo of ore pellets. Once finished unloading she will proceed to Ashtabula, Ohio to unload her remaining coal cargo there. The Columbia Star is the last ore boat of the season for the Torco Dock complex. The Federal Polaris was unloading cargo at the T.W.I. Dock. She was expected to depart during the late afternoon.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Docks will be the CSL Niagara on Friday, followed by the Amelia Desgagnes on Monday, the Algosteel and Algomarine on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Weekly Updates

11/21
Check back late tonight for the regular weekly updates.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 21

The PATERSON (1) was launched November 21, 1953.

In 1924 the MERTON E. FARR slammed into the Interstate Bridge that linked Superior, WI with Duluth, MN. causing extensive damage to the bridge. The bridge span fell into the water but the FARR received only minor damage to her bow.

On 21 November 1869, the ALLIANCE (wooden passenger sidewheeler, 87', 197 gt, built in 1857 at Buffalo) slipped her moorings at Lower Black Rock in the Niagara River and went over the fall. She had been laid up since the spring of 1869.

November 21, 1906 - The Pere Marquette 17 encountered one of the worst storms in many years while westbound for the Wisconsin Central slip in Manitowoc. She made port safely, but the wind was so high that she could not hold her course up the river without assistance. The tug Artic assisted, and as they were proceeding through the 10th Street Bridge, a gust of wind from the south drove the ferry and tug against the north pilings of the 10th Street Bridge. The Arctic, pinned between the ferry and the bridge, was not damaged, but she crushed the hull of a fishing tug moored there, sinking her, and inflicted damage of a few hundred dollars to the bridge.

November 21, 1923 - Arthur Stoops, the lookout on the Ann Arbor #6 was drowned while stepping from the apron onto the knuckle to cast off the headline.

On the night of 21 November 1870, C. W. ARMSTRONG (wooden propeller steam tug, 57', 33 t, built in 1856 at Albany, NY) burned at her dock at Bay City, Michigan. No lives were lost.

More incidents from the Big Gale of 1879. On 21 November 1879, the Port Huron Times reported, "The schooner MERCURY is ashore at Pentwater. The schooner LUCKY is high and dry at Manistee; the schooner WAUBASHENE is on the beach east of Port Colborne. The schooner SUMATRA is on the beach at Cleveland; the large river tug J. P. Clark capsized and sunk at Belle Isle in the Detroit River on Wednesday [19 Nov.] and sank in 15 minutes. On e drowned. The schooner PINTO of Oakville, Ontario, stone laden, went down in 30 feet of water about one mile down from Oakville. At Sand beach the barge PRAIRIE STATE is rapidly going to pieces.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley, Steve Haverty and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Saginaw Update

11/20
The David Z. Norton departed the Saginaw River Monday morning after unloading at the Bay City & Saginaw Wirt Docks overnight.

Following shortly behind the Norton was the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader who had also unloaded in Saginaw overnight.

Inbound on Monday was the Algorail. She was headed to the Buena Vista Dock to unload salt.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
Algorail upbound passing Bay Aggregates.
Another View.
Algorail approaching Lafayette Bridge.

Images of the tug Ohio's delivery of heavy cargo last week by Stephen Hause.
Tug Ohio docked at Dow on Thursday morning.
Barge Milwaukee, with kiln still on deck, Thursday morning.
Outbound Cuyahoga passing the Ohio and Milwaukee.
Fred R. White Jr., unloading coal at Saginaw Asphalt.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

11/20
The Canadian Leader was at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator loading grain. The Joseph H. Frantz was at the old Interlake Iron Dock just north of the Shipyard undergoing repairs. Her stern is high out of the water that indicates possible rudder or propeller repair work being done.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Docks will be the John J. Boland, H. Lee White, and John G. Munson on Tuesday, followed by the CSL Niagara on Friday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Docks will be the Columbia Star on Tuesday afternoon. She will be the last ore boat of the season for this dock complex.

Classic views of Toledo Shipping
Erie Sand Fleet vessel Lakewood inbound Maumee Bay with a load of sand bound for the Nicholson Sand Dock just south of the I 280 bridge in Toledo.
American Steamship Company vessel McKee Sons getting ready to depart the salt docks near the Nicholson Sand Dock. She just finished unloading her salt cargo. This view was taken in 1976, note the Bi-Centennial emblems on the forward cabins of the vessel.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - November 20

The Saginaw was christened at the Government Dock in Sarnia in 1999. Bonnie Bravener and Wendy Siddall broke the traditional bottle of champagne adding the second vessel to Lower Lakes Towing's fleet. The company then generously opened the vessel for tours to all those in the large crowd that had gathered to witness the event.

The EAGLESCLIFFE HALL (2) was launched in 1956 at Grangemouth, Scotland.

At 2240 hours on November 20, 1974 the ROY A. JODREY ran aground on Pullman Shoal, located at Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, NY. All of the crew were rescued. Early the next morning at 0305 hours she slid off the shoal, rolled on her side and sank in 150 feet of water.

RALPH H. WATSON was launched 1937.

On 20 November 1872, the sidewheel steamer W. J. SPICER was finally laid up and the crew dismissed. She had served for many years as the Grand Trunk ferry at Fort Gratiot on the St. Clair River.

On 20 November 1880, BAY CITY (wooden barge, 199', 480 t, built in 1852 at Trenton, MI as the sidewheeler FOREST CITY) was carrying coal when she was cast adrift east of Erie, PA by the steamer JAMES P. DONALDSON in a storm. She was driven ashore and wrecked. Her crew was saved by the U.S. Lifesaving Service using breeches' buoy. November 20, 1898 - Ann Arbor #3 left Cleveland for Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

November 20, 1924 - Pere Marquette fleet engineer Finlay MacLaren died after 42 years with the railroad. He was succeeded by his brother Robert until Leland H. Kent was named fleet engineer in 1925.

On 20 Nov 1871, the schooner E. B. ALLEN was sailing from Chicago to Buffalo with a load of corn when she crossed the bow of the bark NEWSBOY about six miles off the Thunder Bay Light on Lake Huron. The NEWSBOY slammed her bow deep into the schooner's hull amidships and the ALLEN sank in about 30 minutes. The crew escaped in the yawl. The NEWSBOY was badly damaged but did not sink.

On 20 Nov 1999, the Bermuda-flag container ship CANMAR TRIUMPH went aground on the St. Lawrence River, off Varennes about 15 kilometers downstream from Montreal. She was the third vessel to run aground in the St. Lawrence River that Autumn. The Canadian Coast Guard reported that she was having engine problems and the CBC News reported that the vessel's rudder was damaged in the grounding.

On Saturday morning. 20 Nov 1999, Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin, launched the 175-foot Coast Guard Cutter HENRY BLAKE. The BLAKE was one of the "Keeper" Class Coastal Class Buoy Tenders. Each ship in the "Keeper" class is named after a famous American lighthouse keeper.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley, Steve Haverty and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Windoc set for Tow

11/19
The Windoc is expected to be towed later this week after remaining in Hamilton since an accident in the Welland Canal this past summer.

The vessel will be moved to Toronto on Wednesday or Thursday by McKeil tugs.

She will remain in Toronto as her owners decide what will be done with the vessel. The damage to the Windoc's hull outside of the fire is in the number one starboard ballast tank, this damage was caused after the Windoc came into contact with the canal bank after its pilot house was sheered off by the bridge.

Cost to repair the ballast tank is estimated between $250,000 to $500,000 (C). The vessel's owners, N.M. Paterson & Sons, have not decided what will be done with the hull but are exploring possibilities including future use as a barge pushed by a tug.

Reported by: Chris Green




Split Load for the Star

11/19
Oglebay Norton's 1000-foot Columbia Star is sailing to the lower lakes with a rare split cargo. On Saturday the Star loaded coal at Midwest Energy in Superior and when she finished, backed up to the cross channel, turned, and headed into the Shiploader at DMIR Ore Dock.

Her cargo of 29,000 tons of coal was reported to be destine for Ashtabula, OH and the taconite to Toledo.

Reported by: Eric Bonow, Al miller and Jim Hoffman




Greek bulk carrier Cedar Grounds in St. Lawrence River

11/19
The Greek ship Cedar ran aground around 2:30 p.m. Friday near Deschaillons, QC in front of Ste. Anne de la Pérade (appr 90 km west of Quebec City). The newly built Cedar (2001, 24,400 dwt, 175m lenght, Greek registry) was westbound for Montreal with a cargo of Bauxite and Alumina. The vessel was en route to Thorold, Ont.

A Canadian Coast Guard spokesperson indicated that the vessel suffered a steering gear problem that caused the Cedar to go 200-feet out of the channel on a rock bottom and puncture sections of the forward double bottom.

The Cedar was refloated with the help of a late Friday night high tide and proceeded on its own power back to Quebec City. The Cedar docked at Pier 105, at the Anse aux Foulons Terminal following hull inspection by Transport-Canada.

On Sunday evening, shore workers were working aboard the ship.

Reported by: Frederick Frechette




Twin Ports Report

11/19
Reports of Taconite Harbor's death as a port seem to have been premature. Paul R. Tregurtha is scheduled to load coal at Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior on Nov. 21 for delivery to the power plant at taconite harbor. The power plant was recently purchased by Duluth-based Minnesota Power, which plans to resume generating electricity there.

Midwest Energy Terminal is loading several vessels for unusual destinations. Columbia Star loaded about 29,000 tons of coal there Saturday bound for Ashtabula. Indiana Harbor is due in Nov. 24 to load coal for deliver to the NIPSCO plant in Burns Harbor, and, as previously noted here, Atlantic Huron is due in Nov. 30 to load for Aulds Bay, Nova Scotia.

In the Twin Ports grain trade, the Duluth elevators were busy Sunday with Arion arriving for General Mills and Algocape loading at AGP. Lake Ontario was at Cenex Harvest States in Superior. Iryda was anchored out.

Reported by: Al Miller




Saginaw Update

11/19
The Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Great Lakes Trader entered the river about 4:00 p.m. Sunday on her way up to the Saginaw Rock Products dock. The vessel had anchored out near Light 1 on the Saginaw Bay most of Sunday afternoon to wait for heavy fog to lift.

The David Z. Norton was inbound at the front range about 5:30 p.m. Sunday on her second visit to the river over the weekend.

The CSL Tadoussac was inbound about 5 p.m. Saturday for the Essroc Dock. She departed the dock about 1:00 a.m. Sunday and backed out into the bay to turn.

The David Z. Norton was outbound from the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The Norton had arrived late Friday night and had delivered a split load to the Wirt docks at Bay City and Saginaw.

Pictures by Todd Shorkey
David Z. Norton downbound at Bay City Wirt.
Stern View clear of Independence Bridge.
CSL Tadoussac unloading at Essroc.
Another View.
Tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort close up.
Joyce L. & Great Lakes Trader Upbound at Fletcher Oil.
Another View.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo News

11/19
The Algorail was unloading stone at the CSX Stone Dock Sunday. The Agawa Canyon was unloading salt at the City of Toledo salt docks. The CSL Laurentien finished loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator and departed by late morning with the "G" tugs Illinois and Louisiana assisting her downriver. The Mississagi finished loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator and departed in the early afternoon. The Canadian Leader was upbound the Maumee River bound for the ADM/Countrymark Elevator with the tug William Hoey assisting as needed.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the H. Lee White, CSL Niagara, John G. Munson, and John J. Boland due on Tuesday. The last ore boat of the season for the Torco Dock will be the Columbia Star on Tuesday afternoon.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Canal and Buffalo Update

11/19
Below are photos of traffic in the Welland Canal and Buffalo Sunday.

Turid Knutsen below Lock 4.
Prop wash.
Stern view.
Jean Parisien above Lock 2.
Quebecois upbound above Lock 1.
Lake Superior upbound above Lock 1.
Everlast at Port Weller Dry Docks.
Norman McLeod in Port Weller.
A true Boatnerd, three weeks after a total hip replacement, Jeff's dad hobbles along the canal .

Buffalo
Herbert C. Jackson after unloading a cargo.
Stern view.
English River unloads a cement cargo.
Stern view.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Weekly Updates

11/19
Check back late tonight for the regular weekly updates.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 19

The The SAM LAUD was launched today in1974.

CONGAR (2) was launched November 19, 1945 as a) EMPIRE MALDON.

The keel for the JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was laid November 19, 1942.

The MERLE M. McCURDY was laid up for the last time at Buffalo, NY on November 19, 1985.

On 19 November 1842, the wooden schooner BRANDYWINE was carrying flour in a storm on Lake Erie when she capsized and then drifted to the beach near Barcelona, New York. One passenger's body was found in the cabin, but the entire crew of 6 was lost.

More incidents from the terrible storm swept the Lakes in mid-November 1886. On 18-19 November of that year, the Port Huron Times listed the vessels that were known to have foundered in that storm. Here is the list of vessels that foundered as it appeared on 19 November 1886. "The barge EMERALD near Kewaunee, 5 lost. The barge F. M. DICKINSON near Kewaunee, 3 lost. Two unknown schooners (one supposed to be the HELEN) near Port Sherman. One unknown schooner near Hog Island Reef. The barge NORTH STAR near East Tawas, the fate of the crew is unknown." The list then continues with vessels ashore. "The barge WALLACE and consort on Choclay Beach, east of Marquette. The schooner SOUTH HAVEN near Pt. Sherman. The schooner MARY near Blenheim, Ontario. The schooner PATHFINDER near Two Rivers, the cargo and vessel are a total loss. The schooner Cuyahoga and two scows in North Bay. The schooner P. S. MARSH and an unknown schooner at St. Ignace. The schooner HARVEY BISSELL near Alpena. The propeller CITY OF NEW YORK near Cheboygan. The schooner KOLFAGE near Goderich, Ontario has broken up. The propeller NASHUA on Grass Island, Green Bay. The barge BISSELL near Kewaunee. The schooner GOLDEN below China Beach. The propeller BELLE CROSS and barges across from China Beach. The schooner FLORIDA on Marquette Beach is a total loss. And the barges BUCKOUT, McDOUGALL, BAKER, GOLDEN HARVEST near East Tawas.

The schooner HATTIE JOHNSTON sailed from Milwaukee loaded with 26,000 bushels of wheat on the night of 19 November 1879 and then a severe gale swept Lake Michigan. After two weeks, she was presumed lost with all hands. Aboard were Capt. D. D. Prouty, his wife and 8 crewmen.

On 19 Nov 1886, the steamer MANISTIQUE was towing the schooner-barges MARINETTE and MENEKAUNEE, all loaded with lumber, in a NW gale on Lake Michigan. The gale lasted three days. The barges broke loose after a long fight against the elements and both were wrecked near Frankfort, Michigan. 6 of the 7 aboard the MARINETTE were lost including the woman cook and her 13-year old daughter. The MENEKAUNEE broke up before the Lifesaving Service could get to her and all seven aboard died. When the Lifesaving Service arrived on the beach, they found a jumbled mass of lumber and gear and the ship's dog keeping watch over the dead bodies. The dog also died soon after the Lifesaving crew arrived.

EMPIRE MALDON (steel tanker, 343', 3734 gt) was launched on 19 Nov 1945 by Sir James Laing & Sons, Ltd., at Sunderland, UK for the British Ministry of War Transport She was sold to Imperial Oil Co. of Canada in 1946 and renamed IMPERIAL HALIFAX and served on the Maritime Provinces-East Coast trade. In 1969, she was purchased by Johnstone Shipping, Ltd. of Toronto and served on the Great Lakes. She lasted until 1977 when she was scrapped by United Metals, Ltd. in Hamilton, Ontario.
Images as the IMPERIAL HALIFAX from the Father Dowling Collection

On Friday morning, 19 Nov 1999, shortly after leaving the ADM dock in Windsor, the salty AVDEEVKA lost power in the Fighting Island Channel of the Detroit River. The main engine on the vessel quit while she was abreast of Grassy Island and she began drifting downstream. The stern anchor was dropped and then the port side bow anchor. She began swinging towards the middle of the channel with her stern outside the channel when the main engine was restarted and she headed back upstream for the Belle Isle anchorage. Once in the anchorage a team from the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the vessel to investigate. She was released the next day. It is reported that the vessel lost power due to main fuel valve being left closed after routine maintenance during her stay at the ADM dock.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley, Steve Haverty and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Busy Day for Green Bay

11/18
Saturday was a busy day for shipping in Green Bay and the weather was perfect with sunny skies and a temperature of 65 degrees. The Earl W. Oglebay arrived with a load of stone from Port Inland for the Western Lime Dock. The Buffalo departed shortly after the Earl W. Oglebay tied up, it had unloaded coal possibly at the Reiss Dock. The Catherine Desgagnes was unloading Pig Iron at the Fox River Dock and the Calumet was due later in the day with coal for the Georgia Pacific dock. The Sam Laud is expected in port in the next few days with a load of coal.

The Earl W Oglebay will be returning to Port Inland Sunday morning after unloading in Green Bay to load for Cleveland.

Catherine Desgagnes at the Fox River dock unloading Pig Iron.
Earl W. Oglebay inbound Green Bay.
Close up of Earl W Oglebay.
Stern view going up river to Western Lime.
Earl Oglebay making the dock at Western Lime.
Earl Oglebay unloading at Western Lime dock.
Buffalo heading out through the Dousman Street Bridge on the Fox River.
Buffalo passing.
Buffalo outbound passing the Earl W Oglebay unloading.

Reported by: Scott Best




Bodies Recovered in Detroit River

11/18
Saturday afternoon an unidentified body was discovered by fisherman off Nicholson's Terminal in the Detroit River. Local police and the Coast Guard were called to the scene to recover the body. The River Rouge Police Department transported the body from the scene and will work to identify it.

In an unrelated recovery that morning, a Detroit Police dive team recovered the body of a person that had jumped in the river Friday night. The Algolake was off the Atwater Street Dock Friday night, when a crewman witnessed a person jump into the river. They quickly notified the Coast Guard who began a search. The Algomarine recovered the persons shoe and wallet that were turned over to police.




Fog Delays

11/18
Saturday evening fog began forming over Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River area. Visibility is the area was reported range from zero to 600-feet. This fog may delay shipping traffic as vessels carefully maneuver through the region.




Detroit Traffic

11/18
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Saturday.

Federal Welland at Morterm Dock in Windsor.
Stern view.
John B Aird loading mill scale at Zug Island. She is completely covering the old Rouge entry.
Stern view.
Algorail downbound for the Lafarge Dock in Windsor. She turned neatly off the dock and tied up to unload part of her cargo then turned downbound for Toledo to finish unloading.
Turning.
Stern view.
Charles M Beeghly downbound for Rouge Steel in Dearborn.
She turns in the Detroit River at the red buoy ahead of the Beeghly in this picture, she has to clear that buoy to starboard to enter the Rouge.
Another view.
Fish tug John D'Eau entering Nicholson's Slip. She departed shortly after headed downbound.
Stern view.
Canadian Miner upbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.


Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

11/18
The CSL Laurentien was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator Saturday. The Mississagi arrived at the Andersons "E" Elevator around 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon to load grain. The Algomarine was at the CSX Coal Docks loading coal.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John J. Boland on Monday, followed by a return visit of the John J. Boland, then CSL Niagara and John G. Munson on Tuesday.

The next scheduled ore boat for the Torco Docks will be the Columbia Star on Tuesday afternoon. As of Saturday she remains to be the last scheduled ore boat of the season for the Torco Dock complex.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Update

11/18
The Wolverine was unloading stone at the Osborne Dock Saturday morning and departed Cleveland about 2:00 p.m. with the assistance of a G tug. The McKee sons was departing the Cuyahoga River at 9:00 a.m. with the assistance of the G tug Idaho. She made a beautiful sight disappearing into the heavy fog while blowing her horn as a signal of a vessel moving in fog. The fog must have cleared shortly offshore as she stopped signaling but the fog covered the shoreline for most of the day.

McKee Sons departing.
Another view.
Tug Idaho.
Wolverine departs.
Southdown Challenger Thursday evening.
Close up of stack.
Saginaw unloading at Ontario #4 earlier in the week .


Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Memorial Service for Dave Lewis

11/18
The memorial service will be held today for deck hand Dave Lewis who was lost in the sinking of the J.W. Westcott II. The service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday November 18 at the First Congregational Church of Royal Oak. No visitation is planned.

The Church is on the southwest corner of Crooks and Webster in Royal Oak. It is located about half way between Twelve and Thirteen Mile Roads. Phone (248) 288-4220.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 18

The CARL D. BRADLEY was lost in a violent storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958.

The CANADIAN OLYMPIC's sea trials were conducted on 18 Nov 1976. Her maiden voyage was on 28 Nov 1976 to load coal at Conneaut, Ohio for Nanticoke, Ont.. Her name honors the Olympic Games that were held at Montreal that year.

The bow and stern sections of the vessel that was to become the STEWART J. CORT were built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Systems, Inc., Pascagoula, MS, as hull 1173. That 182' vessel, known as "STUBBY" was launched on 18 Nov 1969. "STUBBY" sailed under its own power from the Gulf of Mexico through the St. Lawrence Seaway and Welland Canal to Erie, PA where the sections were cut apart by Erie Marine, Inc. and the 818 foot mid section was added -- making the Lakes first thousand footer. The ASHCROFT was launched November 18, 1924 as a) GLENIFFER (2).

On 18 November 1873, the tug CRUSADER was launched at 1:20 p.m. on 18 November 1873 at the Leighton & Dunford yard in Port Huron, MI. Her dimensions were 138' overall, 125' keel, 23' beam, and 12' depth. She was built for Mr. G. E. Brockway of Port Huron.

On 18 November 1842, CHICAGO (wooden passenger & package freight sidewheeler, 105', 166 t, built in 1837 at St. Joseph, MI) was struck by a gale between Ashtabula and Conneaut in lake Erie. She lost both of her stacks and became unmanageable when her fires went out. She was driven ashore about 3 miles east of Silver Creek, New York and was wrecked. About 60 persons were on board and amazingly no lives were lost.

On 18 November 1882, DROMEDARY (wooden propeller, 120', 255 gt, built in 1868 at Port Dalhousie, Ontario) burned to a total loss at the dock at Hamilton, Ontario when her banked fires overheated. She was owned by Burroughs & Co. No lives were lost.

A terrible storm swept the Lakes in mid-November 1886. On 18-19 November of that year, the Port Huron Times listed the vessels that were known to have foundered in that storm. Here is the list as it appeared on 18 November 1886. "The barge CHARLES HINCKLEY is ashore near Alpena. The schooner P. S. MARCH is ashore at St. Ignace. She will probably go to pieces. The schooner THOMAS P. SHELDON is ashore about 10 miles north of Alpena. The crew were rescued by the tug HAND. The schooner NELLIE REDINGTON is reported going to pieces at Two Rivers. Three of her crew reached harbor all right, but the other 7 men on board are in danger of their lives. The coal barges F. M. DICKINSON and EMERALD were driven ashore at Kewaunee Wednesday morning [17 Nov]. Three of the DICKINSON's crew were drowned, the other four floated ashore on a plank. The EMERALD's crew started ashore in the yawl, but 5 were drowned.

On 18 November 1881, the schooner JAMES PLATT left Bay City with a cargo of lumber for Chicago. However, she was wrecked on Lake Michigan during a terrible snow storm during the first week of December and never made it to Chicago. The storm lasted two full days and six of the crew survived but the rest were lost.

The ANN ARBOR No. 4 ran aground on Green Isle, the island in Green Bay to the north of her course between Sturgeon Bay and Menominee on 18 Nov 1913. ANN ARBOR No. 3 pulled her off undamaged after about 2 hours work.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Max Hanley, Steve Haverty and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Taconite plants extend shutdowns

11/17
Two Minnesota taconite plants announced this week that they are extending production shutdowns because of slack demand for taconite pellets.

National Steel Pellet Co. in Keewatin announced Thursday that it will extend a six-week shutdown by seven to 10 days. The plant temporarily ceased production on Oct. 28, citing high pellet inventories. The shutdown means the plant this year will produce 4.8 million tons of pellets instead of 5.4 million tons.

Last week, Northshore Mining Co. in Babbitt and Silver Bay announced that it was extending an eight-week shutdown by one week to Dec. 15.

Reported by: Al Miller




Car ferry route eyed for Racine, Michigan

11/17
After receiving the cold shoulder from Milwaukee, Lake Michigan Carferry Service is now interested in resurrecting the car ferry Spartan to serve a route linking Racine, Wis., to a Michigan port, most likely Muskegon.

Lake Michigan Carferry Service already runs the ferry Badger between Manitowoc and Ludington. Ferry owner Robert Manglitz earlier this week told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’d like to expand service to Racine as early as 2003.

Earlier this year the company stated it would like to start ferry service out of Milwaukee. But Manglizt said the port has shown little interest. Instead, Milwaukee port officials have been working with Lake Express, which is considering starting service to Muskegon using a high-speed ferry to carry more than 300 passengers and about 75 cars. Port officials have said speed is important to attracting passengers.

Lake Michigan Carferry of Ludington wants to put the mothballed Spartan back into service. The vessel, sister ship to the Badger but idle for years, could carry 620 passengers and 200 cars at 22 mph. Manglitz said the Spartan could be operational in two years.

One potential hurdle to the Spartan plan is an effort by Eau Claire physician Thomas Rankin to operate a car ferry from Waukegan, Ill., to St. Joseph, Mich., Manglitz said. He said the economy could not support two ferries operating on routes that close.

Racine officials see ferry service as part of bigger plan to develop opportunities through Racine Harbor. Among the attractions, they say, is the possibility of duplicating the economic impact that a car ferry has in Manitowoc.

"Essentially, the economic impact is $23 million in Manitowoc,” said James F. Rooney, chairman of the Racine Harbor Commission. “That's the kind of thing that should make everyone sit up and say, 'Wow,' and we should take a look at it to see if we can put it together."

Racine's harbor underwent $21 million in renovations, completed in 1986, that added 920 county-owned slips as Reefpoint marina, and allowed for 300 more slips to be opened by other developers. It also led to the development of condominiums, a hotel and several restaurants. Officials now consider it a $150 million economic development in eastern Racine County.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Mississagi Unloads

11/17
The Mississagi backed into the Sarnia Elevator slip at noon Friday and was unloading what appeared to be grain. The Lower Lakes Towing ships do this in a unique and efficient way.

The ship is docked with the two dockside unloading booms midship, and then use the self unloader to continually empty into that center hold. This method makes it so the vessel does not have to move to reposition itself below the dockside unloading booms.

Reported by: Jamie Kerwin




Saginaw Refuels

11/17
A short distance down river the Saginaw stopped to refuel at the Shell Fuel dock on the St. Clair River.

Saginaw approaching the dock.
Shell Fuel Dock crew assists Saginaw.
Saginaw Docking Crew.
Saginaw docked with the John B. Aird in the background.
Mississagi unloading beans.

Reported by: T. Parker




Bridge Returns to Service

11/17
The Allenburg Bridge over the Welland Canal that accidentally lowered on the Windoc was scheduled to return to service Friday. The bridge was reported to have undergone a 3.5 million dollar refit and repairs to the structure, roadway and side walks. The bridge was scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m.

Reported by: Wally Wallace




Twin Ports Report

11/17
Friday morning saw a fair amount of traffic in the Twin Ports.

At Midwest Energy Terminal, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was completing a load while Paul R. Tregurtha stood by in the channel waiting for the loading berth. The McCarthy is making a short run to the power plant in Silver Bay, Minn. It's expected to return to Superior early Saturday to load coal for Nanticoke.

Other 1,000-footers continue to keep the dock busy. Following the Tregurtha, Oglebay Norton and Columbia Star were due at the dock Friday and Saturday.

Unusual callers scheduled for the coal dock in American Mariner on Saturday to load for the Shiras generating station in Marquette. A rare caller scheduled for Nov. 30 is Atlantic Huron, scheduled to make a rare run to the Nova Scotia Power plant in Aulds Bay, N.S.

Currently, Midwest Energy Terminal has vessels scheduled to load through Dec. 4, when Indiana Harbor is due to load for Nanticoke. That will be the dock's 328th load for the year.

In the grain trade, Iryda was loading at AGP in Duluth, Zeus was expected to arrive later in the day for General Mills and Lake Ontario was expected late in the day. Once Algocape finishes unloading at St. Lawrence Cement, it will clean its holds and then move to an elevator.

Other salties in port included Taxideftis unloading steel coils at the port terminal and Federal Oshima loading bentonite at Hallett dock.

Future callers are expected to include the saltie Menominee, which is scheduled to bring the second cargo of overseas lumber to the port terminal on Nov. 19. This shipment and an earlier one were both announced early this year before import duties were imposed on imports of Canadian lumber. Numerous shipments of lumber have been brought into port this year by tug and barge from Thunder Bay.

Reported by: Al Miller




Busy Day in Marquette

11/17
Both the Peter R. Cresswell and the Lee A. Tregurtha loaded pellets at Marquette's ore docks at Presque Isle Friday. The American Mariner was also in port unloading stone in the lower harbor.

Reported by: Lee Rowe




Detroit Traffic

11/17
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Friday.

Barges 140 & 141 in Nicholson's South slip.
Diamond Belle in Nicholson's Drydock.
Former Boblo ferry Columbia in Nicholson's slip.
Algolake loading at Ojibway Salt for the Atwater Street Dock in Detroit. She will return to Ojibway and load again for the same dock.
Stern view.
Nanticoke at the ADM Dock in Windsor.
Spar Jade (Norway) unloading at Morterm in Windsor.
Stern view.
Nanticoke & Algolake.
Algolake, Nanticoke, Stormont and Spar Jade.
Middletown downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Tug Ohio and barge Milwaukee downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Tug Ohio & barge Milwaukee downbound around Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Close up of the barge.
Lady Hamilton (Hong Kong) downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Mc Kee Sons & Integrity downbound at Grassy Island.
Stern view.
Sam Laud downbound at Fighting Island North Light.
Stern view.
Sarah Spencer & Jane Ann IV downbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view.
Close up of tug.
tugs Pennsylvania & Wyoming outbound from their dock to assist the Spar Jade into Nicholson's.
Wyoming.
Pennsylvania.
Capt Ralph Tucker downbound off Nicholson's bound for the General Chemical Dock in Amherstburg.
Stern view.
Federal Welland downbound for the Morterm Dock recently vacated by the Spar Jade.
Stern view.
Spar Jade (Norway) & Wyoming downbound off Belanger Park.
Nanticoke at the ADM Dock.
Stern view.
Spar Jade, Wyoming & Pennsylvania bound for Nicholson's.
Algoville downbound off Nicholson's.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo News

11/17
The Algomarine arrived Thursday evening at Andersons "K" Elevator to unload potash. She departed late Friday morning with the Gaelic tugs Susan Hoey, and William Hoey assisting her downriver. She is bound for Ashtabula, Ohio to finish unloading her potash cargo there, once finished she will return back to Toledo on Saturday to load a coal cargo at the CSX Coal Docks.

As soon as the Algomarine cleared the Maumee River the CSL Laurentien under tow of the "G" tugs Illinois and Louisiana proceeded upbound for the Andersons "K" Elevator where she will load a grain cargo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks after the Algomarine will be the John J. Boland on Monday, followed by the John J. Boland, CSL Niagara, and John G. Munson on Tuesday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Docks will be the Columbia Star on Tuesday. As of now she will be the last scheduled ore boat of the season for the Torco Dock complex.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - November 17

On 17 Nov 1969, the RIDGETOWN (steel propeller bulk freighter, 557', 7637 gc, built in 1905 at Chicago, IL) was laid up at Toronto for the last time with a load of grain. In the Spring of 1970, Upper Lakes Shipping, Ltd. sold her to Canadian Dredge & Dock Co., Ltd. of Toronto. She was sunk at Nanticoke, Ontario for use as a temporary breakwater during the construction of harbor facilities in the Summer of 1970. Still later, she was raised and sunk again in the Summer of 1974 as a breakwater to protect marina facilities at Port Credit, Ontario.

On November 17, 1984 the EUGENE P. THOMAS was towed by the TUG MALCOLM to Thunder Bay, Ont. for scrapping by Shearmet.

In the morning of 17 Nov 1926, the PETER A. B. WIDENER (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 580', 7053 gt, built in 1906 at Chicago, IL) was running upbound on Lake Superior in ballast when it encountered strong Northeasterly winds. About six miles Southwest of the Rock of Ages Light on Isle Royale, the captain gave orders to change course for Duluth, MN. There was no response because the wheel chains had parted from the drum, thus disabling the rudder. Repairs cost $4,000.

On 15 Nov 1972, the MICHIPICOTEN (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 549', 6490 gt, built in 1905 at W. Bay City, MI) departed Quebec in tow of Polish tug KORAL for scrapping in Spain. The tow encountered bad weather and the MICHIPICOTEN broke in two during a major fall storm on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Her forward section sank on 17 Nov off Anticosti Island the after section sank the next day.

The propeller JOHN STUART burned about two miles from Seewaing, MI at 9:00 p.m., 17 November 1872. She had been aground there for some time.

On 17 November 1887, ARIZONA (wooden propeller package freighter, 189', 962 gt, built in 1868 at Cleveland) was carrying oils and acid used in mining operations when her dangerous cargo caught fire as she approached the harbor at Marquette, Michigan in heavy seas. Poisonous fumes drove all of the crew topside, leaving the vessel unmanageable. She ran against the breakwater and the crew jumped off. The burning steamer "chased" the crew down the breakwater toward town with the poisonous fumes blowing ashore. She finally beached herself and burned herself out. She was later recovered and rebuilt.

On 17 November 1873, the wooden 2-mast schooner E. M. CARRINGTON sank in nine feet of water at AuSable, Michigan. She had a load of 500 barrels of flour and 7,000 bushels of grain. She was recovered and lasted another seven years.

On 17 November 1880, GARIBALDI (2-mast wooden schooner, 124’, 209 t, built in 1863 at Port Rowan, Ontario) was carrying coal in a storm on Lake Ontario. She anchored to ride out the storm, but after riding out the gale for 15 hours, her anchor cable parted and her crew was forced to try to bring her into Weller’s Bay. She stranded on the bar. One of the crew froze solid in a standing position and his ghost is supposed to still haunt that area. The vessel was recovered and rebuilt. She lasted until at least 1898.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Max Hanley, and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series





Roger Stahl Returns

11/16
Gaelic Tugboat Company's big tug Roger Stahl arrived off Nicholson's Terminal before light Thursday morning and handed over her tow to the tug Carolyn Hoey. The Carolyn moved the two barge tow into the South Slip, and the Roger Stahl proceeded to the fuel dock and loaded nearly 9,000 gallons of diesel fuel which she had burned on the six day trip to Massena New York and back.

The crew headed by Captain John Wellington had completed another tough tow without a hitch. But there is no rest for the crew, for after resuppling the tug with groceries and other necessities; the tug departed Detroit for Massena to pick up the next two barges in the ten-barge movement.

Roger Stahl arriving at the Gaelic Tugboat Company yard on the Rouge River at Detroit Thursday morning.

Reported by: Bill Hoey, Gaelic Tug Boat Company




Key players join Minnesota “iron nugget” project

11/16
Three major players in the U.S. steel industry - Cleveland-Cliffs, Kobe Steel and Steel Dynamics - have joined a project to build a small plant to produce iron nuggets at the Northshore Mining Co. plant in Silver Bay, Minn.

Mesabi Nugget LLC announced Wednesday that memorandums of understanding have been reached with the three companies to help build a $22 million, 25,000-ton-per-year iron nugget pilot plant at Northshore Mining. If the pilot plant proves successful, an $88 million, 350,000-ton-per-year commercial plant would be constructed.

Officials of Mesabi Nugget hail the iron nugget project as holding the potential to revolutionize the state’s iron ore industry. It would create nuggets containing a high concentration of iron - much higher than taconite pellets - that could be used in blast furnaces and electric furnaces. Some shipping officials have said the nuggets, which would be about the size of raisins, could be transported by boat.

Wednesday’s announcement is considered a significant step because of the players involved. Cliffs is North America’s largest supplier of iron ore, Kobe is an international steelmaker and Steel Dynamics is a domestic steelmaker using electric furnaces. Presently, electric furnaces must use scrap steel rather than taconite pellets.

Under the agreements, Kobe Steel would provide technology licensing, supply equipment and engineering, and make an equity investment in Mesabi Nugget. Cliffs would provide facilities at Northshore Mining Co. smf Steel Dynamics would participate as an equity investor and as a nuggets user.

"We believe Kobe Steel's Itmk3 technology has a great deal of potential, but it must be fully developed and proven technologically before a commercial installation can be justified,'' said John S. Brinzo, Cleveland-Cliffs chairman and chief executive officer. "The project is structured so that each successive step requires approval based on the success of the previous step.''

In development for about a year, the project still must receive permits and complete financing before becoming reality. But if modified air permits and $22 million in financing are obtained, construction on a pilot plant could begin next spring. The pilot plant could then be operating by January 2003. Taconite that would feed the plant would come from Northshore's Peter Mitchell Mine in Babbitt.

The pilot plant would employ about 25 workers. A full-scale commercial facility could employ up to 100.

Reported by: Chris Weller




Chi-Cheemaun Leaves Thunder Bay

11/16
Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. sharp the first dry dock gate valve was opened at Pascol Engineering in Thunder Bay. As the surrounding fog slowly dissipated, water began to rush into the dry dock area. As the second valve was opened, a torrent of white water cascaded onto the bottom of the dry dock. It takes a few minutes of constant turning of the large valves before the lake water is streaming in at full force.

As water began to creep up under the Chi-Cheemaun, I was told that it would take about 2 and a half to 3 hours to fully fill the dry dock with a boat the size of the Chi-Cheemaun. Normally the dock would fill much quicker for a laker due to the large displacement of the hull.

As the water level rose, the dry dock crews removed the walkways to the ship and cleaned up. Down below deck in the Chi-Cheemaun, the Engineers and workers made sure that there were no leaks in the newly installed equipment around the sea cocks and shaft. The engines on board were fired up in order to let them warm up before they were needed. The docking cables from the Chi-Cheemaun were sent down and put around the dock bollards in preparation for when the ship started to float. Just before the ship starts to float, flooding is suspended and a final check thru the ship is made and then flooding resumes. The reason they do this is so that if there is a problem, they can shut the gate valves, drain the dock and still have the ship sit down onto the blocks and not risk it falling off the blocks.

When the water in the dry dock reached the same height as the lake water, a pump was turned on to pump out the water in the dock gate. This allows the gate to float up and then to be pushed out of the way. The gate was towed over to the side and secured to the wall. The Chi-Cheemaun then began to pull herself out of the dry dock with her own deck winches. Very slowly and carefully, she made her way out until the stern was clear of the dry dock sill. At this point the Chi-Cheemaun put her drive in reverse and began to back the rest of the way out, while the cables were winched back onboard.

The Chi-Cheemaun backed all the way out to in front of the United Grain Growers "a" elevator, at which point she went forward out the North Break wall Entrance and out into the fog bank that was reforming across the harbor. By Early Thursday morning she had locked down thru the Soo Locks and was on her way to her winter lay-up in Owen Sound, Ontario.

I'd like to thank Pascol Engineering and Owen Sound Transportation Company for allowing me to take photos of the dry dock and the Chi-Cheemaun.

8:00 a.m. sharp the first valve opened on gate.
Second valve opened.
Water flow increases.
Full force of the lake.
Water begins to flood dry dock.
Bow view as water rises.
Almost full.
Pumping water out of gate.
Gate floats free.
Gate pulled out of way.
Chi-Cheemaun winches herself out.
Slowly coming out.
Almost out.
Backing under own power.
Chi-Cheemaun leaving Thunder Bay into fog bank.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Arion unloads in Menominee

11/16
Thursday morning the Wagenborg vessel Arion arrived at the K&K dock to unload more wood-pulp. The Arion is only carrying a partial load and should depart this morning with the help of the Carla Anne Selvick, heading to Duluth for it's next cargo. The Arion is the seventh Wagenborg vessel this month to unload in Menominee.

Bow view of Arion at K&K North Dock.
Wood-pulp is loaded onto truck and taken to the Warehouse.

Reported by: Scott Best




U.S.-Flag Ore Cargos Fall 25 Percent In October

11/16
Iron ore cargos loaded into U.S. bottoms on the Great Lakes in October plunged a stunning 25 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. With America's steel industry fighting for its very existence, the season-to-date iron ore total for U.S.-Flag lakers represents a decrease of nearly 20 percent compared to 2000's end-of-October tally.

The October coal float - 2.6 million tons - represents a slight increase and in part reflects better availability of eastern coal. Stone loadings, so dependent on steel's need for fluxstone, continued their season-long slump. The 3.2 million tons loaded in October represent a decrease of 8.5 percent. For the season, U.S.-Flag stone cargos total 22.1 million tons, a decrease of 5.1 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




New Vice President and General Manager

11/16
John E. Giles, president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes Transportation LLC, has announced the appointment of Elliott M. Hughes III as vice president and general manager of USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc. with headquarters in Duluth, Minn. The move is effective November 1, 2001. Mr. Hughes has held various senior-level management positions at Great Lakes Transportation LLC and its affiliated companies. "Elliott's new role represents our continuing migration to independent business units within Great Lakes Transportation. He'll control all the levers," said John Giles.

Monroeville, PA-based Great Lakes Transportation LLC owns businesses principally engaged in the transportation and handling of bulk commodities.

Its units, which operate in four states and on four of the Great Lakes, include the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway Company; the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company; the Great Lakes Fleet, Inc.; and The Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Company.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Update

11/16
Traffic in and out of the port of Thunder Bay remains steady with two or three vessels calling each day. The Algonorth is currently in port and loading at Cargill after arriving on Wednesday to load at Richardson Elevator. The Mapleglen arrived Thursday at 6:00 p.m., docking at Richardson Elevator to load wheat, followed by the Canadian Voyager around 10:00 p.m. who tied up at United Grain Growers "a" house. Around 10:30 p.m. the Mapleglen pulled in her lines and proceeded out the North Entrance and over to Mission Terminals to continue loading.

On Thursday the satlie Lia departed from United Grain Growers "a" house. She arrived in Port Sunday around midnight and went to anchor, where she remained until Tuesday at which point she pulled into P&H Elevator. Also departing Thursday was the Chi-Cheemaun, who was finished her 5-year survey at Pascol dry dock. Arriving Monday was the Saltie Lady Hamilton, still sporting the Fednav emblem on her stack, despite the news that she and two other Salties were done being chartered by Fednav. By Wednesday she had departed out onto the lake and into the pea soup thick fog that enveloped the bay. The Marinette paid a visit on Tuesday, first going to anchor and then over to Keefer where she loaded pulpwood. She arrived from Marathon where she had also taken on a pulp wood load. On Wednesday she was finished loading and with the help of a couple of tugs, departed out the South Entrance and into the fog.

The newly named Peter R. Cresswell made her first trip onto Lake Superior since her name change from Algowest. She delivered a load of salt to Duluth and then made her way up to Thunder Bay, docking at Thunder Bay Terminals around 5pm on Sunday. By early Monday morning she had departed out onto the lake. Shortly afterward the Algolake arrived to load coal at the Terminal followed by the Algomarine who went to anchor to wait for the Algolake to finish loading. After the Algolake departed, the Algomarine moved into the dock to load Potash. The system at the terminals had to be cleaned out before they could load potash after loading coal and the Algomarine departed Tuesday afternoon.

Other arrivals this week included Radium Yellowknife, W.N. Twolan/McAllister132, Nanticoke, Federal Schelde and Jane Ann IV/Sarah Spencer.

Peter R. Cresswell backing into Thunder Bay Terminals.
Marinette arriving.
Nanticoke arrives.
Algonorth loading at Richardson.
Lady Hamilton at Agricore in the fog.
Nanticoke arriving UGG "a".
Peter R. Cresswell - another shot.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Saginaw News

11/16
Shipping activity remains busy on the Saginaw River this week, with visits by six vessels on Wednesday and Thursday. Among the arrivals was the Great Lakes Towing Company's tug Ohio and barge Milwaukee, carrying a 180,000-pound industrial kiln to be delivered to the Dow Chemical Company in Midland.

The Ohio/Milwaukee arrived in Bay City from Cleveland on Wednesday, but the kiln had not yet been unloaded as of Thursday morning.

Other visitors to the river included the Maumee, David Z. Norton and Sam Laud, all arriving during the early morning hours on Wednesday. The Maumee led the procession, going up the river to the Sargent dock just below the I-75 Bridge. The Norton lightered at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City early in the morning and later continued up to the Wirt dock at Saginaw. The Sam Laud called at the Burrough's dock, also a short distance below the I-75 bridge.

The Maumee and Laud were outbound about mid-day Wednesday, with the Norton following later in the afternoon.

The Cuyahoga was inbound early Wednesday evening. She tied up at the Wirt dock in Bay City to allow the outbound Norton to pass before proceeding up to the Valley Asphalt dock at Saginaw, where she unloaded during the night.

The Fred R. White Jr. entered the river about 4:00 a.m. on Thursday with a load of coal for the Valley Asphalt dock at Saginaw. The inbound White and the outbound Cuyahoga passed each other at about 8 a.m. Thursday near the ADM Countrymark elevators at Saginaw.

The White had completed unloading during the afternoon and was departing her dock shortly after 3:00 p.m.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

11/16
The Frontenac was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator Thursday. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Saturday followed by the John J. Boland on Monday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will be the Columbia Star late Tuesday evening. As of now she is the last scheduled ore boat of the season for the Torco dock complex.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland Report

11/16
The barge St. Marys II and tug Sea Eagle II were unloading at the Blue Circle Dock on the river Thursday evening. The Richard Reiss was unloading at the Osborne dock and expected to depart for Marblehead by 8:00 p.m. that night. The classic Southdown Challenger was unloading at the Columbus Street silo.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Paterson Photo Contest - Last Day

11/16
N.M. Paterson & Sons will be publishing a company calendar and you have the opportunity to have your pictures featured. The Photographer will be credited and receive a beautiful Paterson Safety First Limited edition Anchor Logo sweatshirt.

Please e-mail images of Current Paterson ships at work to: moderator@boatnerd.net
Please limit your images to 3 per photographer. Deadline for the contest is this Friday.




Positions Open

11/16
Expanding Tug & Tug/Barge operations in the Detroit River and Lake Erie looking for interested Tug Captains or Deckhands. Call Gregg Thauvette at The Great Lakes Towing Company - 216-621-4854, ext. 137




Today in Great Lakes History - November 16

The tug portion of the Presque Isle was upbound in the Welland Canal on November 16,1973 en route to Erie to join with the barge.

FRED R. WHITE, JR. was launched in 1978.

On 16 Nov 1909 the JAMES S. DUNHAM (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420', 4795 gt, built in 1906 at W. Bay City, MI) encountered heavy seas and began hitting bottom where charts indicated 35 feet of water, even though she was in ballast and only drawing 17 feet of water. Rather than risk tearing the bottom out of her, the captain decided to beach her at Marble Point, just east of the Bad River outlet. After the heavy snow showers cleared, a message in a bottle was floated ashore to an observer.

The steel bulk freighters SIR JAMES DUNN and GEORGIAN BAY in tow of the Panamanian tug McTHUNDER arrived at Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping on 16 Nov 1989, 129 days after departing Thunder Bay.

On 16 November 1887, PACIFIC (wooden propeller freighter, 187', 766 gt, built in 1864 at Cleveland, OH) was loaded with lumber bound from Deer Park, MI for Michigan City, IN. After leaving the dock, she grounded on a shoal due to low water levels. The nearby Lifesaving Service took her crew off and then returned for the captain's dog. She was broken up by a gale on 19 November.

In 1892 the Ann Arbor #1 arrived Frankfort on her maiden trip.

November 16, 1990 - MWT ceased operations, ending more than a century of carferry service. The last run was made by the Badger, with Capt. Bruce Masse in command.

In 1981 the John Sherwin entered lay-up and has not seen service since.

On 16 November 1869, ADELL (2-mast wooden schooner, 48', 25 gt, built in 1860 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was driven ashore during a storm about a half mile below Bay View Pier near Milwaukee. Her skipper had every penny he owned sunk into that vessel. He was able to salvage her rigging and spars and left them on the beach overnight. The next day he returned and found that all had been stolen during the night.

On 16 Nov 1883, MANISTEE (wooden side-wheeler, 184’, 677 t, built in 1867 at Cleveland, OH) broke up in a gale west of the Keweenaw Peninsula off of Eagle Harbor, Michigan. This is one of Lake Superior’s worst disasters. Estimates of the number who died range from 23 to 37.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley, Steve Haverty and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Cliffs to cut jobs, production at Empire Mine

11/15
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. next year plans to cut about 300 jobs and reduce production by one-fourth at the Empire Mine in Upper Michigan.

Company officials said they are making the cuts because the plant's older sections cannot economically process the ore being mined. Cliffs manages and owns part of the taconite mine in Palmer, Mich., near Marquette.

Empire's salaried and hourly labor force of 890 could be reduced by as many as 300 employees, or about one-third of the total work force. Pellet production will be cut from 8 million tons a year to about 6 million tons.

The plan is expected to reduce Empire's production costs by 5 percent to 10 percent.

"While we deeply regret the employee reductions, this action is necessary to protect Empire's future and the remaining jobs,'' said Thomas J. O'Neil, Cleveland-Cliffs president and chief operating officer. "The U.S. economy is very uncertain at this time, and I thank all of our employees for their efforts as we attempt to steer through these rough commercial waters.''

The Empire Mine is owned by subsidiaries of Ispat International N.V., 40 percent; LTV Corp., 25 percent; and Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co., 35 percent. Production at the mine is expected to be about 6.5 million tons this year.

Reported by: Phil Barry




Fog Holds Wolverine

11/15
The Wolverine loaded stone at Port Inland on Sunday for St. Joseph and returned to Port Inland on Wednesday morning to load for the AJAX stone dock in Detroit. The Wolverine was nearly finished loading its stone cargo when thick fog rolled in from Lake Michigan making if impossible to see the bow from the Pilot House. Shortly after the engines were started and the ship was ready to depart, they decided to wait until they could see the range lights before departing.

The Wilfred Sykes was due into Port Inland at noon but diverted to Escanaba, while the Joseph L Block was due about 4:00 p.m. and may take a delay until the Wolverine is able to depart the dock.

View at loading dock as the fog settles in.
Stern view before the fog has moved in.
Same view about a half hour later.

Reported by: Scott Best




Algoway Delivers Salt

11/15
The Algoway arrived off Alpena Tuesday night but stayed anchored in Thunder Bay due to winds. It came to the Alpena Oil Dock around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning to unload salt. It departed around 1:00 p.m., backing out of the river into the foggy bay.

The Joseph H. Frantz brought a load of coal to Lafarge early Wednesday morning. The Alpena and the Jacklyn M barge Integrity were expected into Lafarge Wednesday. The J.A.W Iglehart was in Detroit.

The classic steamer Reserve was loading at Stoneport on Wednesday for Huron, Ohio to unload. The Sam Laud was expected to load after the Reserve.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Busy Port

11/15
Friday the Maumee arrived at Marinette Fuel and Dock with a load of stone loaded at Port Inland. The Maumee is the first ever LLT/Grand River boat to visit Marinette. For many years the stone was brought in by an American Steamship vessel and last year the Pathfinder brought in the load of stone. In June the Maumee delivered coal to Menominee Paper Co dock right across the river from where she was unloading stone that morning.

The Vlistborg arrived Friday afternoon off Menominee in Green Bay. It was met by the Selvick Marine tug William C Selvick and a barge from Basic Marine to off-load 500 tons of wood pulp. Saturday morning they proceeded to the K&K dock in Menominee. This was the fourth Wagenborg ship to visit in the last 10 days.

Sunday morning the Zeus arrived off Menominee in Green Bay to be lightered by the same tug and barge. Later that morning the Zeus arrived at the K&K dock. The Vlistborg was moved upriver to make room for the Zeus. Monday morning the Vlistborg departed. One or two more Wagenborg boats are expected this week.

The Vlistborg arrives off Menominee.
The Basic Marine barge pushed by a Selvick tug, William C. Selvick.
The Menominee North Pier Lighthouse flanked by the tug/barge on right and Vlistborg.
The tug/barge approaches Vlistborg.
A crescent moon floats above the lighted Vlistborg as she awaits morning and a trip into port.
Finally in port at K&K Warehouse Dock in Menominee, MI.

Zeus, Carla Anne Selvick, and Vlistborg at K&K on Sunday.
Zeus docked at K&K.
Tug William C Selvick at K&K, USCG Sycamore and Cypress in background.
Wide view of Zeus at K&K.
Close up.
Stern view.

Tugs head out to meet the Marinette on Lake Michigan last week.
Making up the tow (14x zoom).
Inbound.
Marinette assisted into port.
Close up.
Close up of the Jimmy L.
Marinette unloading lumber at K&K last week.
Another view.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Everlast Waits

11/15
The huge tug Everlast remains docked at Port Weller Dry Docks waiting for the barge Norman McLeod. The new barge was damaged on its delivery trip from China and is being repaired at the Dry Docks.

Everlast at dock.
Close up.
The tug's tall superstructure towers over the yard.
Barge Norman McLeod in dry dock.




Toledo Update

11/15
The Fred R. White Jr. finished loading coal at the CSX Coal Docks and departed Wednesday morning. The Frontenac was upbound the Maumee River with "G" tugs assisting, she is bound for the ADM/Countrymark Elevator to load grain.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Algomarine on Saturday, followed by the John J. Boland on Monday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will be the Columbia Star late Tuesday evening.

Tentative vessel arrivals during the next several days may be the Federal Shimanto for the T.W.I. Dock. The Saginaw for ADM/Countrymark Elevator. The CSL Laurentien for Andersons "K" Elevator and the Algomarine with a load of potash for one of the upriver dock sites.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Today in Great Lakes History - November 15

The cargo mid-body of the then under construction GEORGE A. STINSON was towed to Lorain in 1977.

PAUL THAYER b) EARL W. OGLEBAY left Lorain on her maiden voyage November 15, 1973 light for Escanaba, MI to load iron ore.

On November 15, 1974 the W.W. HOLLOWAY struck an embankment at Burns Harbor causing extensive damage.

Departing Duluth on November 15, 1909, the BRANSFORD, encountered a gale driven snowstorm. She battled the storm the entire day only to end up on the rocks near Siskiwit Bay on Isle Royal.

On 15 November 1894, ANTELOPE (Wooden Schooner, 56', 32 gt, built in 1878 at Grand Haven, MI) capsized in a storm while trying to make harbor at Grand Haven, MI. 4 lives were lost.

November 15, 1924 - The carferry Pere Marquette was renamed Pere Marquette 15.

On 15 November 1875, the Port Huron Times reported that "there is little doubt but that the scow SUTLER GIRL has been lost with all hands on Lake Erie. She has now been overdue two weeks."

On 15 November 1869, W. W. ARNOLD (wooden schooner, 426 gt, built in 1863 at Buffalo, NY) was carrying iron ore when she was driven ashore near the mouth of the Two Hearted River on Lake Superior during the great gale of November 1869. The violent storm tore the schooner apart and she sank quickly losing all hands (11) including several passengers.

On 15 Nov 1905, the W. K. BIXBY (steel straight-deck bulk freighter, 480', 5712 gt, later J. L. REISS, then SIDNEY E. SMITH, JR.) was launched at Wyandotte, MI for the National Steamship Co. (M.B. McMillan). She lasted until 1972 when she was wrecked at Sarnia, Ontario in a collision with the PARKER EVANS.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley, Jody Aho and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Hoyt on the Move

11/14
Tuesday the Elton Hoyt 2nd was moved in Superior, WI. The Hoyt has been in lay-up since January 11 and sat out the 2001 season. It was moved from the head of Howard's Pocket in Fraser Shipyard and is now tied alongside the John Sherwin at the Superior Municipal Dock.

The Sherwin has been in long term lay-up since Nov. 16, 1981. With a down turn in the steel industry the Hoyt is expected to remain in lay-up next season also.

Reported by: Eric Bonow




Roger Stahl Update

11/14
Gaelic's tug Roger Stahl with two barges were below Lock 1 at noon on Tuesday. The big tug is returning the barges to Detroit.

Reported by: Roger Tottman




Heavy Lift Shipment from Cleveland to Bay City

11/14
The Great Lakes Towing Company's big tug Ohio and barge Milwaukee are on the move with a heavy lift cargo. The tow passed by Belle Isle around lunchtime Tuesday and were due to pass Port Huron last night around 9:00 p.m.

The Ohio/Milwaukee are transporting an industrial kiln from the Port of Cleveland to the Dow Chemical dock in Bay City, Michigan. The kiln, loaded and secured to the deck of the Milwaukee, weighs 180,000 lbs. Another 180,000 lbs. of associated parts and materials in crates are also onboard. The Ohio/Milwaukee are under the command of Great Lakes veteran Capt. Steve Tannish.

Federal Marine Terminals personnel in Cleveland conducted the loading and securing of the cargo on Monday, in conjunction with welders from The Great Lakes Towing Company's Shipyard Division. The Ohio/Milwaukee are to depart Monday night, and are expected in Bay City on Wednesday, weather permitting.

International Logistics Company, Inc., of Cleveland is coordinating the entire evolution, which includes over-the-road transport to the final destination in Midland, Michigan.

Tug Ohio along side the barge.
Kiln is lowered onto the barge.
Bow view.
Capt. Steve Tannish supervises the loading.
Tow ready to depart.

Reported by: Great Lakes Towing




Boat Parade

11/14
Lower Lakes Towing and Grand River Navigation vessels have become regular visitors to the Port of Milwaukee during the month of November.

The Saginaw arrived Nov. 2 to load soy beans. Exactly one week later the Cuyahoga arrived to also load soy beans. The Calumet delivered a cargo of salt on the 11th. On Tuesday evening the Mississagi, making it's first trip to Milwaukee, arrived to load soy beans.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Kapitan Vakula Visits

11/14
The Kapitan Vakula was in Erie on Tuesday unloading a cargo of steel rails before heading to Goderich to load. Also in port was the Cleveland cruise vessel Nautica Queen.

Vakula unloading.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Busy morning in South Chicago

11/14
Early Tuesday morning the tug Jacklyn M. and barge Integrity headed out of the Calumet River after unloading cement. Once the tug/barge cleared the river, Mississagi backed down to Marblehead Lime. Following this move, the G tugs Colorado and Nebraska towed Montrealais in to load grain. Montrealais is due to leave Thursday.

Reported by: Gary R. Clark




Saginaw News

11/14
The John J. Boland returned to the Saginaw River early Tuesday morning with a load for the Bay Aggregates dock in downtown Bay City. This was her second visit to Bay Aggregates in three days.

The Boland departed the dock about mid-afternoon and was outbound from the Airport Turning Basin at 3:20 p.m., just before the start of afternoon "bridge hours" in Bay City. The bridges opened up to allow the vessel to pass outbound, the captain expressed his appreciation for their assistance as he cleared the last of the four bridges.

The David Z. Norton arrived at the Wirt Stone Dock in Bay City late on Monday afternoon and departed about midnight Monday. She was outbound early Tuesday morning.

Also outbound early Tuesday was the Alpena, which departed the Lafarge dock in Saginaw late Monday evening. The vessel had arrived on Sunday evening.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
John J. Boland at Bay Aggregates in Bay City.
Another View.
John J. Boland Downbound at Smith Park in Essexville.
Aft View.
Stern View passing Essroc.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Update

11/14
The salt water vessel Golden Laker was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator. The Catherine Desgagnes finished unloading her pig iron cargo at the T.W.I. Dock and departed in the afternoon. The Reserve was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. The Earl W. Oglebay was due in at the CSX Coal Docks late Tuesday evening to load.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Docks will be the Fred R. White Jr. today followed by the Algomarine on Saturday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will now be the Columbia Star on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Welland Traffic

11/14
On Monday the Canadian Voyager was upbound at Lock 2, Canadian Transport was downbound above Lock 2. The Mapleglen was upbound above Lock 3 and fleet mate CSL Tadoussac was secure above Lock 7, waiting for salty Kapitan Vakula to pass before continuing downbound.

Canadian Voyager below Lock 2.
Crewmembers call out the distance as they enter the lock.
Canadian Transport downbound.
Kapitan Vakula upbound.
Kapitan Vakula Stern view.
Passing the CSL Tadoussac.
CSL Tadoussac above Lock 7.
Stern view.
Mapleglen above Lock 3.
Stern view.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Hamilton Update

11/14
Tuesday saw a slow afternoon in Hamilton Harbor. The tug John Spence with barge McAsphalt 401 was at Pier 14. At 10:00 a.m., the Canadian Provider arrived at Dofasco to unload iron ore pellets. As of 1:45 p.m., no unloading had begun with the vessel.

No further activity has been seen on the Windoc.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Aerial Views

11/14
Pilot and photographer Don Coles was out yesterday and sent in the photos below. All photographs are available for purchase. Don's company, Great Lakes Aerial Photos, is available for hire for any aerial photography need.

Frontenac under tow on the Rouge River in Detroit. Lee A. Tregurtha follows behind passing through the Rouge Short Cut Bridge
Another view.
Close up.
Another view.
Reserve on Lake Erie.
Another view.
Mapleglen.
Stern view.




Memorial Service for Dave Lewis

11/14
The memorial service will be held this Sunday for deck hand Dave Lewis who was lost in the sinking of the J.W. Westcott II. The service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday November 18 at the First Congregational Church of Royal Oak. No visitation is planned.

The Church is on the southwest corner of Crooks and Webster in Royal Oak. It is located about half way between Twelve and Thirteen Mile Roads. Phone (248) 288-4220.




Paterson Photo Contest

11/14
N.M. Paterson & Sons will be publishing a company calendar and you have the opportunity to have your pictures featured. The Photographer will be credited and receive a beautiful Paterson Safety First Limited edition Anchor Logo sweatshirt.

Please e-mail images of Current Paterson ships at work to: moderator@boatnerd.net
Please limit your images to 3 per photographer. Deadline for the contest is this Friday.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 14

The ALGOBAY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 719', 22466 gt, built at Collingwood, ON in 1978) departed Sept Iles, Que. on 14 Nov 1978 with an iron ore pellet cargo for Sydney, N.S. when she collided with the 90,000 ton Italian-flag ore carrier CIELO BIANCO. The Collingwood-built tug POINTE MARGUERITE, which was towing the big salty, was unfortunately crushed between the two vessels and sank, killing two crew members.

On November 14, 1934 the WILLIAM A. REISS grounded off Sheboygan, she was declared a constructive total loss.

Cracks across the ENDERS M. VOORHEES' spar deck were first noticed in a storm on Lake Superior November 14, 1942. Her fleetmate NORMAN B. REAM came to her assistance by releasing storm oil which helped calm the seas so the crew of the VOORHEES could run cables the length of her deck and winch them tight to arrest the cracking. She proceeded to the Soo escorted by the REAM and later sailed to the Great Lake Engineering Works for repairs.

The THOMAS WILSON (2) was launched November 14, 1942.

The MESQUITE was launched November 14, 1942 at a cost of $894,000.

On November 14, 1952, the Sparrows Point (now Buckeye) entered service.

On 14 November 1879, C. G. BREED (2 mast wooden schooner, 140', 385 t, built in 1862 at Milwaukee) was carrying 24,000 bushels of wheat from Detroit to Buffalo when she capsized and sank in a sudden squall near Ashtabula, OH in Lake Erie. 5 lives were lost, but 3 were saved. The 3 survivors were rescued by 3 different vessels. In 1940 following the Armistice Day Storm, The PM32 was freed by the tug John F. Cushing assisted by the PM 21.

In 1990 Glen Bowden (of MWT) announced that he would suspend cross-Lake Michigan ferry service indefinitely.

On 14 November 1886, the steamer BELLE WILSON was crossing Lake Ontario with a load of 11,800 bushels of oats when a severe gale and snow storm blew in. The vessel lost her rudder and the crew rigged sails, but these were blown away. Then they rigged a drag made of 600 feet of line and a log to help maneuver the vessel and they headed for Oswego, New York. This lasted for 12 hours, but the chain parted at 3:00 AM and the vessel was driven ashore at Ford's Shoals, 4 miles east of Oswego harbor. No lives were lost.

On 14 November 1892, the 2-mast, 95’ wooden schooner MINNIE DAVIS was rammed on a dark night by the 2-mast, 117’ wooden schooner HUNTER SAVIDGE near Amherstburg, Ontario. The DAVIS sank, but no lives were lost. The wreckage was removed in May, 1893.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Jody Aho and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
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Roger Stahl Update

11/13
Gaelic Tugboat's big tug Roger Stahl departed Massena late Sunday pushing two large deck scows ahead. At 3:00 a.m. Monday while departing the Iroquois lock a blinding snow squall delayed the tow about three hours. The Stahl stopped at Cape Vincent to switch the tow to the towline and entered Lake Ontario at about 4:00 p.m. Monday. ETA at the Welland Canal is 11:00 a.m. today.

Captain Wellington has reported that the tug is handling the two-barge tow well. Deckhand Mike Nicholls has taken hundreds of digital photos, but is looking forward to returning to his post off Grassy Island.

Reported by: Bill Hoey, Gaelic Tug Boat Company




Just Another Day at the Office

11/13
After finishing their unload Monday at the Milwaukee Lafarge Cement terminal the tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity shifted north to the laid up Paul H. Townsend. Dredging in the inner mooring basin had prevented the Townsend from entering lay up at their normal winter dock at the south end of the inner harbor. They were temporally moored at Milwaukee's Heavy Lift Dock.

Integrity Captain Dave Wellington provided a skillful boat handling demonstration as he maneuvered the tug and barge alongside the Townsend. Crews from both vessels soon had the two lashed together "on the hip". Captain Wellington gracefully turned the pair in the tight confines of the inner harbor and proceeded south to the Townsend's final lay up dock. This dock was the former location of the William Donner and is known as the "Miller Compressing dock".

Dave Wellington's uncle is Captain John Wellington who is currently in the Seaway on the Gaelic tug Roger Stahl.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Toledo News

11/13
The salt water vessel Golden Laker was at Andersons "K" Elevator loading grain on Monday. The Algoway was at the City of Toledo salt dock unloading salt. The Jean Parisien finished loading coal at the CSX Docks and departed that morning with the Charles M. Beeghly following right behind her to load coal. The American Republic was due in later that afternoon and will follow the Beeghly loading coal. The Catherine Desgagnes was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Earl W. Oglebay today followed by the Fred R. White Jr. on Wednesday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Tuesday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Paterson Photo Contest

11/13
N.M. Paterson & Sons will be publishing a company calendar and you have the opportunity to have your pictures featured. The Photographer will be credited and receive a beautiful Paterson Safety First Limited edition Anchor Logo sweatshirt.

Please e-mail images of Paterson ships at work to: moderator@boatnerd.net
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Updates

11/13
I have a series of training sessions at my real job early this week, the regular weekly updates and some news items will be delayed. Check back for updates.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 13

On November 13, 1976 the TEMPLE BAR (e ALGONORTH) arrived at Singapore where she was lengthened 202 feet.

CONALLISON was laid up for the last time on November 13, 1981.

JAMES DAVIDSON entered service on November 13, 1920 when she loaded 439,000 bushels of wheat at Duluth, MN for delivery to Buffalo, NY.

The GEORGE HINDMAN (2) was in collision with the British salty MANCHESTER EXPLORER on Lake St. Louis, above the Lachine Lock in 1956.

J.P. MORGAN, JR. was launched November 13, 1909.

The HOMER D. WILLIAMS was involved in a collision with the steamer OTTO M. REISS at Duluth November 13, 1917.
In 1984 the WILLIAMS was towed to Thunder Bay, Ont. by the TUG MALCOLM for dismantling.

On 13 November 1870, the schooner E. FITZGERALD left Port Huron on her maiden voyage to load lumber at Au Sable, MI for Chicago. She was commanded by Capt. A. McTavish.

On 13 November 1883, H. C. AKELEY (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 240', 1187 t, built in 1881 at Grand Haven, MI) was carrying corn from Chicago to Buffalo when she encountered a heavy storm off Holland, MI. She took the disabled tug PROTECTOR in tow but let her go when her own rudder broke off. AKELEY anchored but started to sink when she fell into the troughs of the waves. The disabled schooner DRIVER managed to save 12 of the crew who had taken to AKELEY's yawl before she went down. 6 lives were lost.

Captain W.H. Van Dyke was born at Escanaba, MI on November 13, 1871 and spent most of his life on the Great Lakes (he joined the crew of a schooner at the age of 15). He first captained the Pere Marquette Line Steamer No. 8, then in 1916 he joined the Pere Marquette carferry fleet. His first command was the Steamer 15. Then for 10 years he served as master of the Steamer 17, and after the launch of the City of Flint 32 in 1929, he served as master of the Steamer 22.

On 13 November 1865, CLARA PARKER (3-mast wooden schooner, 175', 425 gt, built in 1865 at Detroit) was fighting a losing battle with storm induced leaks, so she was beached 400 yards off shore near the mouth of the Pigeon River, south of Grand Haven, Michigan. The local Lifesaving Service plucked all 9 of the crew from the rigging by breeches buoy after the vessel had gone down to her decks and was breaking up.

On 13 November 1888, LELAND (wooden steam barge, 148’, 366 gt, built in 1873 at New Jerusalem, Ohio) burned at Huron, Ohio. She was valued at $20,000 and insured for $15,000. She was rebuilt and lasted until 1910.

The JAMES DAVIDSON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 587', 8349 gt, built at Wyandotte, MI in 1920) entered service on 13 Nov 1920 for the Globe Steamship Co. (G. A. Tomlinson, mgr.) when she loaded 439,000 bushels of wheat at Duluth, MN for delivery to Buffalo, NY. She was the last ship built at Wyandotte, Michigan
Click here for an image of the Davidson from the Father Dowling Collection.

The unnamed salty (formerly RANGUINI) arrived at Milwaukee's heavy lift dock on Saturday night, 13 Nov 1999 to load a large desalinization filtration system built in Milwaukee for Korea. The vessel entered the Seaway in ballast for Milwaukee on 09 Nov 1999. The following day, the crew rigged scaffolding over the side so the new name BBC GERMANY could be painted on the ship.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history.




Roger Stahl Update

11/12
Sunday morning the tug Roger Stahl passed under the 1000 Island International Bridge on its way to Massena to pick up the barges it deposited there last spring and fall. The big tug will be making several more trips up and down the Seaway as it completes the job of returning the ten barges to Detroit.

Reported by: Joan Baldwin




Blount Barker Signs Contract For South Ferry Vessel

11/12
Blount Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract with South Ferry of Shelter Island, New York to build a 101-foot double-ended ferryboat. The vessel designed by South Ferry and Dejong & Lebet, Inc. is being built to service the half-mile crossing of partially protected inland waters between Shelter Island and the South Fork of Long Island.

The 101’ x 39’ x 10’-5” ferryboat designed with one open deck and one side island for crew and passengers will be built to USCG Sub Chapter ‘T’ Rules and Regulations for 149 passengers. The ferryboat is scheduled for delivery in June 2002.

The all-welded steel ferry to operate on protected inland waters will be powered by two 400hp Detroit Diesel Series, Six Cylinder DDEC Main Propulsion Engines with Twin Disc MG-516 gears (4.5:1). The vessel will be equipped with two (2) 54” x 40” right hand Bird Johnson, Ice Class, four-blade propellers.

South Ferry, Inc., a family-owned business started by the Clark family in the late eighteenth century, currently own and operate four vessels. The Blount-Barker built vessel will replace the Captain Ed Cartwright, a 65-foot double ender built in 1931 at Staten Island, N.Y. The Capt. Ed Cartwright was only the second ferryboat in America to be built of all-welded steel construction.

Reported by: Blount Barker Shipbuilding




Saginaw News

11/12
The Canadian Transfer departed the GM dock at Saginaw about 3:00 a.m. Sunday and was outbound early Sunday morning. The vessel had arrived on Saturday afternoon, but had tied up at the Sargent dock until late evening to wait for the David Z. Norton to finish unloading at the Crow Island Wirt dock and depart before continuing up to her dock.

The John J. Boland entered the river about 3:00 a.m. Sunday and unloaded at the Bay Aggregates dock in downtown Bay City. She departed just before noon.

The Alpena was inbound about 7:00 p.m. Sunday, going to the Lafarge cement terminal at Saginaw.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
John J. Boland upbound approaching Lafayette Bridge.
Close up.
John J. Boland upbound at Cass Ave.
Stern view downbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Buffalo downbound at Liberty Bridge.
Close up.
Stern view.
David Z. Norton upbound past Buffalo at Essroc with the tug Stephen Asher in the Background.
Another view.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Ferriss Marine tugs on the move

11/12
On Friday the Ferriss Marine tugs Magnetic and Norma B. departed their birth in the Rouge old river bed with the barge F-103 bound for Conner's Creek. With the Magnetic pushing the barge from astern and the Norma B. rafted along side they made their way up river to Conner's Creek. F-103 was taken up Conners Creek and secured for use by A.J. Williams for construction. The Magnetic then departed with barge MM-III and headed back to the Ferriss yard on the Rouge.

Magnetic pushing the barge.
Departing the Rouge.
Norma B. rafted to the barge
Stern view of the Magnetic.
Inbound Conners.
Dropping off the barge.
Norma B. heads back to the Rouge River.

Reported by: Ferriss Marine Contracting




Chi-Cheemaun Survey

11/12
The Tobermory Car Ferry, Chi-Cheemaun is almost finished her five-year survey and is expected to depart Thunder Bay later this week. She arrived at Pascol Engineering in October.

When a boat is scheduled to arrive at the dock for survey, repairs or inspection, the dry dock crew will have the dock drained so that they can layout the support blocks in a manner that suit a particular boat. The blueprints that the boat were built from are used to configure the proper support areas in order that the entire boat be supported off the ground so that no damage occurs to the rudder, props or hull. Once this is done, the dock is flooded, the vessel enters and a large floating gate is moved into position and secured. Two large pumps in the pump house are then started and the water in the dry dock is pumped out through two large pipes. The pressure exerted on the dry dock gate from the lake water on the outside, compresses a rubber gasket between the gate and the dock, creating a watertight seal. Once the dock is dry then work can begin on the vessel.

Final sandblasting and painting of the Chi-Cheemaun's hull is almost complete and despite the work taking place, the Chi-Cheemaun still retains a certain beauty about her. Sitting in the dry dock, her 365-foot length only takes up about half the dock but is larger than life when you are standing beside her massive hull that sits high and dry. From her shapely curves on the bow, past her 800hp bow thruster and on back to the twin propellers and rudders, she is shipbuilding at its best. Propellers are driven on twin shafts connected to twin Ruston 3500hp Diesel Engines that sit in a very spacious engine room.

About mid-ship there are huge stabilizer fins, one on each side of the boat. These fins are controlled by a fascinating array of hydraulics and controls located in front of the engine room. The fins are used to stabilize the boat in rough weather and reduce the rocking motion. The fins, when retracted, sit inside recessed pockets in the hull. Also in front of the Engine Room is the Generator Room where three large generators sit, two of which are used, leaving one as backup. These Generators supply all the electrical needs to the Boat.

In the Pilothouse, modern electronics, controls and other equipment are laid out to meet the needs of the crew for both safety and accessibility. Below the Passenger Deck is the Car Deck, were all the cargo and vehicles are stored during the crossings. I was impressed by the Mezza-nine deck system that allows smaller cars to be driven onto platforms that are then raised and locked into place to allow more vehicles to park below.

The whole boat was very clean and well maintained, the crew that remained onboard for the survey, showed a sense of pride that they were part of this vessel.

Once the work is done on the Chi-Cheemaun, cleanup will begin. This involves pumping all material such as sandblasting sand, out of the dry dock area so that the lake water is not contaminated when it rushes in. Once the dock is cleaned, water is then let back into the dock area. This is not done with pumps but by opening a valve on the gate, which allows the force of the lake to push water through two large pipes and into the dock area. Once the dock is flooded and an equal level is reached between the lake and the dock, the gate can then be floated open and the vessel towed out.

Once the Chi-Cheemaun survey is done, she will sail back down the lake and tie up at Owen Sound, Ontario, where she will spend the winter lay-up before beginning a brand new season in the spring of 2002.

I'd like to thank Pascol Engineering and Owen Sound Transportation Co. Ltd. for allowing me to tour and take photos of the Dry Dock and the Chi-Cheemaun.

View of dry dock from front end.
View of dry dock from back end.
Shapely Bow of Chi-Cheemaun on supports in dry dock.
Starboard Prop and Rudder of Chi-Cheemaun-Area still being worked on.
Stabilizer fin retracted into hull.
Cargo area of Chi-Cheemaun.
One of Two Engines.
Complex array of Hydraulics and controls for Starboard Stabilizer .
Engine Control Panel on Chi-Cheemaun.
Pilothouse.
Pump in the dry dock pump house.
Dry dock gate from inside.
View showing pump house, pipes & gate from lakeside.

Click here for more information on the Chi-Cheemaun

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Paterson Photo Contest

11/12
N.M. Paterson & Sons will be publishing a company calendar and you have the opportunity to have your pictures featured. The Photographer will be credited and receive a beautiful Paterson Safety First Limited edition Anchor Logo sweatshirt.

Please e-mail images of Paterson ships at work to: moderator@boatnerd.net
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Today in Great Lakes History - November 12

On 12 Nov 1964, the THOMAS F. COLE (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580', 7268 gt, built in 1907 at Ecorse, MI) collided with the British motor vessel INVEREWE off the south end of Pipe Island on the lower St. Marys River in foggy conditions. The COLE suffered severe damage to the port bow and was taken to Lorain for repairs.

On 12 Nov 1980, the ALVA C. DINKEY (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580', 7514 gt, built in 1909 at Lorain, OH) and GOVERNOR MILLER (steel propeller bulk freighter, 593', 8240 gt, built in 1938 at Lorain, OH) arrived near El Ferrol del Caudillo, Spain for scrapping in tow of the FedNav tug CATHY B. Demolition by Miguel Partins began on 28 Nov 1980 at Vigo, Spain.

In 1980 the PERE MARQUETTE 21 renamed c) CONSOLIDATOR, foundered in the Caribbean off the coast of Honduras a victim of the hurricane Jean.

On November 12, 1919, the PANAY, upbound on Lake Superior for Duluth, Minnesota in rough weather, was one of the last vessels to see the downbound JOHN OWEN which, apparently later the same day, disappeared with all hands.

November 12, 1980 - The Consolidator, formerly the Pere Marquette 21, sank 17 miles off the coast of Honduras during Hurricane Jean. No lives were lost.

On 12 November 1881, BRUNSWICK (iron propeller bulk freighter, 248', built in 1881 at Wyandotte, MI) was carrying 1500 tons of hard coal in a night of fitful squalls in Lake Erie. CARLINGFORD (wooden schooner, 155', built in 1869 at Port Huron, MI) was also sailing there, loaded with 26,000 bushels of wheat. They collided. After the skipper of BRUNSWICK made sure that the sinking schooner's crew were in their lifeboats, he ran for shore with his sinking vessel, but sank a few miles off Dunkirk, NY. A total of 4 lives were lost.

On 12 November 1835, the "small" wooden schooner ROBERT BRUCE was sailing from Kingston, Ontario to Howell, New York when she was wrecked west of Henderson, New York. Her crew of 4, plus one passenger, were all lost.

On 12 Nov 1886, the tug WM. L. PROCTOR (wooden tug, 104', 117 gt, built in 1883 at Buffalo, NY) left Oswego, New York with the schooner-barges BOLIVIA and E. C. BUCK in tow before a big storm struck. During the snow storm, the tug got lost and the tow line broke. Alone, the PROCTOR finally made it to Charlotte, badly iced up, but there was no word on the barges. They were presumed lost with all onboard.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Max Hanley and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


This is a small sample, the books includes many other vessels with a much more detailed history
Please e-mail if you would like to contribute a significant event in Great Lakes history




Roger Stahl in the Welland

11/11
Late Saturday afternoon saw the tug Roger Stahl passing through the Welland Canal on her way to Massena, N.Y. The Big tug is on the first of a series of trips up the Seaway to return ten construction barges to Detroit.

Docked at Port Weller Dry Docks was the tug Everlast, waiting for its new assignment to push the barge Norman McLeod. The asphalt barge was delivered from its builder in China earlier this year and damaged in the transit. Crews at Port Weller have been repairing the barge.

The Algonorth was upbound below Lock 1 while her fleet mate Algobay was downbound heading for a Lake Ontario port.

Roger Stahl above Lock 1.
Passing.
Tug Everlast at Port Weller Dry Docks.
Algonorth waiting.
Algobay downbound.
Algobay passing the Algonorth.

Reported by: Alex Howard




Thunder Bay Report

11/11
Traffic in Thunder Bay has slow over the last few days with the odd saltie and laker loading and leaving without much notice. Despite this apparent lack of traffic, the port has seen an increase in all cargos except for grain. The Thunder Bay Port Authority reports that grain was down about 162,000 metric tons in October compared to the October 2000 total of 800,000mt. Thunder Bay Terminals has seen the majority of traffic this fall with most loads being coal. Overall yearly amounts of cargo are up around the 7 million metric tons compared to about 6.5 million last year.

On Thursday the Mantadoc arrived in port very early and went to work loading grain. By 9:30 p.m. she was loaded with 15,998 metric tons and was heading down the lake for Montreal. The Canadian Miner also departed on Thursday around 1:00 p.m. loaded with just over 25,000mt of wheat and headed for Montreal. The Algoma tanker Algonova arrived early Thursday and unloaded fuel at the Petro-Can Terminal before heading back down the lake in Ballast later in the day. The last to arrive was the saltie Persenk who pulled into Cargill and tied up.

Friday the Persenk sailed for Montreal carrying 11,700mt of Flax Seed bound for Europe. Arriving on Friday were the salties Federal St. Laurent, Laker Cartierdoc and the tug Jane Ann IV and barge Sarah Spencer. The Federal St. Laurent tied up at Saskatchewan Pool 7a to load grain and the Spencer pulled into Saskatchewan Pool 7b, also to load grain.

Saturday afternoon the Cartierdoc left port headed for Quebec with more than 25,000mt of grain. The Jane Ann IV and Sarah Spencer departed around 9:00 p.m. bound for Duluth with 16,336mt of Barley. About an hour later the saltie St. Laurent with the help of the tugs George N. Carleton and Peninsula, departed from Saskatchewan Pool 7a and headed down the lake for Montreal with a little more than 20,000mt of Canola. With these departures, only the car ferry Chi-Cheemaun remains in port at Pascol Engineering for her 5-year survey.

Today should see the arrival of the Federal Schelde. Other arrivals in the next few days should include Algolake, Algocape, Lady Hamilton and the Peter R. Cresswell, who may be paying us her first visit since her name change from Algowest.

Spar Opal at Agricore.
Canadian Miner at Richardson.
Federal St. Laurent at Saskatchewan Pool 7a.
Persenk at Cargill.
Canadian Mariner in the Bay.
Cartierdoc at Richardson.
Mantadoc at United Grain Growers "a" house.
Canadian Mariner at Saskatchewan Pool 7a.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Saginaw News

11/11
The Buffalo entered the river late Friday evening and unloaded during the night at Valley Asphalt in Carrollton, near Saginaw. She was outbound from Saginaw at about 6:00 a.m. Saturday.

The David Z. Norton arrived about 8:00 a.m. Saturday and lightered at the Wirt dock in Bay City before continuing up to Saginaw about noon. She arrived at the Crow Island Wirt dock at 2:30 p.m.

The Canadian Transfer was inbound at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on her way to the GM dock at Saginaw.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
David Z. Norton Close Up.
View from Independence Bridge.
Stern View.
Canadian Transfer upbound at Bay City Wirt.
Close Up.
Stern View at Liberty Bridge.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Today in Great Lakes History - November 11

The Armistice Day Storm of November 11, 1940 was one of the worst storms in the recorded history of Lake Michigan. In all, the storm claimed 5 vessels, and 66 lives. The storm hit late Monday afternoon, November 11th, with winds of hurricane proportions. The winds struck suddenly from the southwest at about 2:30 P.M. and were accompanied by drenching rain, which later changed to snow. The winds reached peak velocities of 75 miles per hour, the highest in local maritime history. Some of the vessels affected were: City of Flint 32: Beached at Ludington, no damage. Jens Vevang, relief captain, in command. Her regular captain, Charles Robertson, was on shore leave.

Pere Marquette 21: Blown into a piling at Ludington, no damage, captained by Arthur Altschwager. She had 5 passengers aboard.

City of Saginaw 31: Arrived Milwaukee 6 hours late with over a foot of water in her hull. The wireless aerial was missing and her seagate was smashed by the waves. She was captained by Ed Cronberg.

Ann Arbor carferry "Wabash": A railcar broke loose from it's moorings on her cardeck and rolled over, nearly crushing a crewman.

The steamer Novadoc: Ran aground at Juniper Beach, South of Pentwater.

Two crewman (cooks) drowned when the ship broke in half. Seventeen crewman, found huddled in the pilot house, were rescued by Captain Clyde Cross and his 2 crewman, Gustave Fisher and Joe Fontane of the fishing tug "Three Brothers".

Conneaut (2) ran hard aground on Lansing Shoal near Manistique, MI. on Lake Michigan. She reportedly had lost her propeller and rudder. Two days later she was pulled off.

The SINALOA had taken on a load of sand near Green Island and was heading for Chicago through Death's Door on Wisconsin's Door Peninsula when the November 11th Armistice Day storm of 1940 struck in upper Lake Michigan. During the storm the SINALOA lost her rudder. The anchor was dropped but her anchor cable parted. In this helpless condition she ran aground at Sac Bay on Michigan's Garden Peninsula. Fortunately the stricken vessel was close to shore where the Coast Guard was able to rescue the entire crew. Declared a constructive total loss, her owner collected the insurance and forfeited the vessel to the Roen Salvage Co.

Anna C. Minch: Sank South of Pentwater with a loss of 24 lives.

William B. Davock: Sank with the loss of all hands.

The fishing tugs "Indian" and "Richard H.": Lost with all hands off South Haven.

On 11 November 1872, the schooner WILLIS collided with the bark ELIZABETH JOENS on Lake Erie and sank in a few minutes. The crew was saved.

On 11 November 1936, J. OSWALD BOYD (steel propeller fuel tanker, 244', 1806 gt, built in 1913 in Scotland) was carrying 900,000 gallons of gasoline when she stranded on Simmons Reef on the north side of Beaver Island. The U.S. Coast Guard from Beaver Island rescued the entire crew of 20.

On 11 November 1890, BRUNO (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 136'. 475 gc, built in 1863 at Montreal) was carrying coal to Cleveland with the schooner LOUISA in tow when she struck Magnetic Reef, south of Cockburn Island in Georgian Bay and sank in rough weather. No lives were lost.

On 11 November 1835, the 2-mast wooden schooner COMET was carrying iron and ashes on Lake Erie when she foundered in a gale, one mile northwest of Dunkirk, New York. Just her topmasts protruded from the water. All seven on board lost their lives, including a passenger who was a college student bound for Vermont.

In a storm on the night of 11 November 1874, The schooner La PETITE (3-mast wooden schooner, 119', 172 gt, built 1866, J. Ketchum, Huron, OH) was on Lake Michigan carrying a cargo of wheat and corn from Chicago when she sprang a bad leak and tried first to reach Ludington, then Manistee. Before reaching safety, she grounded off Big Point au Sable, eight miles from land, in eight feet of water. Previous to striking, the vessel had lost her bowsprit and foremast. After she struck, her main and mizzenmasts went by the board, and the schooner began to break up rapidly. The crew clung to the forecastle deck, and when that washed away, four men were drowned. Captain O. B. Wood had his arms broken by the falling off a square-sail yard. When he fell into the water, the ship's dog jumped in and kept him afloat until they were rescued by the crew of the steam barge CHARLES REITZ. Of the 10 crewmen, six were saved. The La PETITE was salvaged and repaired and lasted until 1903 when she was lost in another storm.

On 11 November 1936, J. OSWALD BOYD (steel propeller fuel tanker, 244', 1806 gt, built in 1913 in Scotland) was carrying 900,000 gallons of gasoline when she stranded on Simmons Reef on the north side of Beaver Island. The U.S. Coast Guard from Beaver Island rescued the entire crew of 20.

On 11 Nov 1999, the Maltese-flag bulk carrier ALCOR was examined by personnel from Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, a salvage company and the vessel's owners in hopes of forming a plan to save the vessel. She ran aground on a sand bar off the eastern tip of d'Orléans Island on the St. Lawrence River two days earlier. This vessel did not visited Great Lakes ports under the name ALCOR, but she did so under her two previous names, firstly as PATRICIA V and then as the Soviet flag MEKHANIK DREN. The Groupe Desgagne finally refloated the Alcor on 05 Dec 1999 after part of the cargo of clinker had been removed. The ship was then towed to Quebec City. Later, it was reported that Groupe Desgagne purchased the ALCOR from its Greek owners.

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913 from the journal of John McLaughlin transcribed by his great grandson Hugh McNichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John McAlpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.
Tuesday, November 11, 1913
I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. We were above Presque Isle. It is still blowing hard and quite a sea running. Presque Isle at 1:45 a.m., Thunder Bay island at 4:30 a.m., Harbor Beach at 1:00 p.m., we are about in the River at 7:05p.m. It is fine tonight, wind gone down.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series





Roger Stahl Heads for the Seaway

11/10
Under the command of Captain John Wellington the Gaelic Tugboat Company's flagship tug Roger Stahl departed Detroit for Massina, N.Y. Friday. Gaelic has been awarded the contract to return ten construction barges from an Environmental Dredging project at Massena to Detroit.

Gaelic had delivered the same barges last fall and this spring to the project site. Chief engineer on board is the tug's namesake and semi retired fleet engineer Roger Stahl. The tug is expected to arrive in Massena on Monday morning to pick up the first two barges.

Tug Roger Stahl backing away from the Gaelic dock on the Rouge River Detroit.
Captain Wellington in the pilot house and deckhand Mike Nicholls on the forward deck. Mike has removed all his camera equipment from his summer Grassy Island camp and has it on board the Stahl.
The tug bound through the Fort Street Bridge on the Rouge River with the Algoway unloading salt in the background.

Reported by: Bill Hoey, Gaelic Tug Boat Company




Twin Ports shipments hit 4 billion metric tons

11/10
Cargo shipments through Duluth-Superior topped an estimated 4 billion tons this week as the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. took on a load of low-sulfur coal at Midwest Energy Terminal, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority announced.

The 4-billion-ton mark is based on records kept since the opening of the Duluth Ship Canal in 1871. Over the years, vessels have carried away cargoes such as iron ore, coal, grain, lumber and oil. A metric ton equals 2,204 pounds.

"We know the actual total is greater than 4 billion tons," said Duluth Port Director Davis Helberg, "because interlake cargo moved through the Superior side of the harbor after the 1855 Soo Locks opening and prior to the creation of the Duluth Ship Canal in 1871. But there are no valid records prior to 1871, so we're basing this on official data."

Total cargo through the port in 1871 totaled 84,205 metric tons. The port reached one billion tons in 1927, two billion in 1950 and three billion in 1973. The Port Authority said the rapid growth of cargo in the 1940s and 1950s was directly related to huge volumes of iron ore shipped during World War II and the Korean War.

Port officials commemorated Wednesday’s milestone with a presentation to Captain Lawrence Smyth, master of the Walter J. McCarthy Jr.. The McCarthy, owned and operated by American Steamship Co., Buffalo, loaded about 57,000 metric tons of western coal for Nanticoke, Ontario.

Using an arbitrary factor of cubic feet per ton based on a blend of iron ore, coal, grain, limestone and other commodities, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority has calculated that four billion tons of cargo, stacked in a 10 by 10-foot column, would reach 250,522 statute miles - or about 10,000 miles beyond the distance from the earth to the moon.

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Reported by: Al Miller




First for Maumee

11/10
Friday the Maumee arrived at Marinette Fuel and Dock with a load of stone loaded at Port Inland. The Maumee is the first ever LLT/Grand River boat to visit Marinette. For many years the stone was brought in by an American Steamship vessel and last year the Pathfinder brought in the load of stone. In June the Maumee delivered coal to Menominee Paper Co dock right across the river from where she was unloading stone Friday morning.

Unloading.
Highlighted by the sun low over Lake Michigan.
Bow view.

Reported by: Scott Best




Softwood Lumber War Heats Up

11/10
With the arrival of the lumber laden saltie Lia in Superior, Wisconsin, the Softwood Lumber war between the United States and Canada heated up again. The Lia arrived on November 5 and began unloading 2 million board meters of lumber at the Hallet Dock # 8. This lumber is arriving tariff free while Canadian Lumber imports have been imposed a 32% tariff by the US Commerce Department.

Vice President for Buchanen Lumber in Thunder Bay, Yves Fricot called it "A very Sad Situation". Minnesota and the US Midwest is one of Buchanen's key markets. Lumber leaves Buchanen sawmill's in Thunder Bay and is shipped to the Detroit area and to Superior by the tug W.N. Twolan and barge McAllister132 and by the tug Radium Yellowknife. The tugs make weekly trips pulling three barges. Fricot told local news media that this proves that Canadian Lumber is not subsidized, is it was how could Germany afford the extra 25% it costs to ship across the Atlantic and into the heart of North America at the same prices as Canadian Lumber. He also said that Members of the Ontario Lumber Industry voted Thursday to recommend to Ottawa to take the issue to litigation rather than be ignored by American NAFTA representatives.

Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal MP Joe Comuzzi, spoke from Ottawa and said "It just shows the absolute stupidity of what the Secretary of Commerce in the Commerce Department of the United States Government is doing with respect to Softwood Lumber that goes from Canada to the United States". He went on to say "I can see nothing more absurd than allowing wood from Europe enter the United States Market duty free while wood coming from Canada is not allowed to go into the United States who has a signed Free Trade Agreement with United States and they want to collect the duty on it".

The battle is expected to heat up as Lake States Lumber in Superior expects another shipment of lumber later this month.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Toledo Report

11/10
The CSL Niagara was loading grain at Andersons "K" Elevator. The Algocen was loading grain at Andersons "E" Elevator. The Oakglen was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. There is a U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers tug and barge in the large drydock at the Shipyard.

The next scheduled coal boat due in at the CSX Coal Docks will be the John G. Munson today, followed by the Charles M. Beeghly and Jean Parisien on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Monday.

Classic Views of Toledo Shipping
Edmund Fitzgerald backing away from the C&O Ore Docks bound for Silver Bay, Minnesota to load ore for a return trip to Toledo. Taken in 1973, this view is being released to the public for the first time.
Fitzgerald ready to load coal into her fuel bunker at the C&O #1 Coal Dock. This view was taken in the late sixties.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Cleveland News

11/10
The Saginaw was unloading stone on the old river Friday afternoon. The Stephen B. Roman was unloading cement at the Essroc silos at the mouth of the river. The barge Kellstone I departed Cleveland at 2:30 p.m. The St. Marys Cement II and tug Sea Eagle II were unloading at the Blue Circle silos on the river.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Hamilton Update

11/10
Wednesday afternoon saw no further activity aboard the Windoc. There was another visitor at the CanAmera facilities Pier 11; that being the Saginaw unloading soybeans. It was being refueled by the Hamilton Energy. The Saginaw finished unloading and left Hamilton Harbor about 3:00 p.m.

CSL Tadoussac was unloading iron ore pellets at Stelco and was finished by 11:00 a.m. and left. The Nanticoke was also at Stelco, but unloading coal. The vessel finished unloading and was back out into Lake Ontario by 12:30 p.m.

The Algoville was unloading iron ore pellets at Dofasco.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Algocape visits Clarkson

11/10
At midday Friday the Algocape was alongside the pier at St. Lawrence Cement. She was almost finished loading product.

Reported by: Bryan Ridley




Today in Great Lakes History - November 10

The EDMUND FITZGERALD foundered on Lake Superior during a severe storm November 10, 1975 at approximately 7:10 pm about 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, MI at position 47_0'N by 85_7'W in Canadian waters.
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IMPERIAL ST. CLAIR was launched November 10, 1973.

The STEELTON (2) sailed on her maiden voyage November 10, 1943.

The ROBERT C. STANLEY, in her first season of operation on November 10, 1943 during a Lake Superior storm, she developed a significant crack across her spar deck and 12 to 14 feet down both sides of her hull. As the hull worked in the heavy seas, the crack widened to as much as three to four inches. The crew ran cables between the fore and aft winches that maintained a force sufficient to hold the hull together.

November 10, 1972 in the vicinity of the entrance to the East Outer Channel near Amherstburg, Ont. the UNITED STATES GYPSUM (2) collided with her towing tug MAINE and as a result her bow was punctured. The GYPSUM was beached to prevent further sinking.

WILLIAM A. IRVIN was launched November 10, 1937.

November 10, 1892 the carferry Ann Arbor #1 left the shipyard in Toledo, bound for Frankfort on her maiden voyage.

In 1895 the first major accident caused by cars coming free on the car deck of a rail ferry happened when the Ann Arbor #1 was on an eastbound voyage. Approaching Frankfort in a northwest gale, she rolled so violently that many of the car fastenings broke and the cargo began to move about on the car deck. None of the early rear-loading car ferries was equipped with a sea gate to protect the stern from the seas, and seven cars of flour and butter went off the deck of the #1 into the lake. Captain Charles Moody resigned from the Ann Arbor as a result of this incident and returned to the Pere Marquette and Goodrich lines.

ATLANTIC (formerly MANITOULIN, wooden propeller passenger/package freight, 147', 683 Gt., built in 1880 at Owen Sound, Ont.) was bound for Byng Inlet with lumber camp supplies when she was caught in a storm and grounded in the lee of Pancake Island in Georgian Bay. Her cargo and aft cabin were thrown overboard to lighten her, but she caught fire and was destroyed. Her passengers and crew took to her boats and survived.

On 10 November 1856, ST. JOSEPH (wooden propeller steam barge, 170’, 460 t, built in 1846 at Buffalo, NY) stranded and was wrecked near Fairport, Ohio. No lives were lost.

November 10, 1911 - The ANN ARBOR No. 4 was back in service after damaging several plates in October.
Image of the Ann Arbor No. 4

The tanker MARIA DESGAGNES struck the bottom St. Lawrence Seaway on 10 Nov 1999. After temporary repairs were made, the vessel was cleared to proceed to Hamilton, ONT to discharge its cargo of jet fuel. A survey of the seaway was completed with no indications as to what caused the vessel to ground.

On 10 November 1887, BLAZING STAR (wooden schooner, 137', 265 t, built in 1873 at Manitowoc, WI) was sailing on Lake Michigan in fine weather with a load of lumber. However, she grounded on Fisherman Shoal near Washington Island, Wisconsin even though the wreck of the steamer I. N. FOSTER was in full view on that reef. The captain was unable to locate a tug to pull the BLAZING STAR off and later she broke up in heavy weather. No lives were lost.

Below is a first hand account of the Storm of 1913 from the journal of John McLaughlin transcribe by his great grandson Hugh McNichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John McAlpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.
Monday, November 10, 1913
I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. We were laying at anchor. It was blowing a living gale and kept it up. They hove up the anchor near 10 o'clock but monkeyed around until after dinner. We got under way. We passed the Light Ship about 3, and White Shoal at 5:15.
More entries from the Storm of 1913 tomorrow.

Data from: Jody Aho, Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley and Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series


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Human error probed in Welland accident, Windoc sold back to Paterson

11/09
Canadian transportation investigators say they are focusing on “human performance factors” in the Aug. 11 accident in which the Windoc struck the descending span of the Allanburg Bridge over the Welland Canal.

Meanwhile, the insurance underwriters who acquired the Windoc after settling a claim from owners N.M. Paterson and Sons Ltd. last week sold the vessel back to Paterson for $1 million. Paterson has no firm plans for the Windoc, but published reports said the company might end up using the boat for parts or converting it to a barge.

The vessel has been tied up in Hamilton for the past two months but may be towed to Toronto next week according to the Toronto Star.

Investigators for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada so far have determined the Allanburg Bridge was operating normally before its highway span descended onto the Windoc and caused more than $10 million damage.

The investigators also have determined the vessel, which was carrying grain to Montreal, was proceeding normally through the canal when the bridge descended on it. The bridge sheared off the Windoc's wheelhouse and smokestack and started a fire which destroyed the crew's quarters.

Capt. Gary Kassbaum, the safety board's senior regional investigator for the Great Lakes area, said "human performance factors'' are "very significant'' in the investigation.

"We're looking at all personnel that worked together in the seaway's operations and worked in communications,'' Kassbaum said.

The bridge, which linked old Highway 20, remains closed to vehicular traffic, and is currently undergoing $800,000 in repairs. It may reopen Nov. 19.

More information on the Windoc Accident

Reported by: Karen Rieger




Seaway News

11/09
On Tuesday the barge ECRC 100 and tug Florence McKeil went aground shortly after leaving section 49 in the Port of Montreal. After several hours, it was refloated and moved to section M4 for inspection.

Wednesday the container ship Canmar Supreme reverted back to her previous name of Panther Max in the Port of Montreal. She had been on charter to Canmar for only a few months.

According to the October edition of "Marine News" published by the World Ship Society, the general cargo ship Dana reported to be drifting in heavy seas off the Dhofar coast towards the Hallaniyat Islands on August 14. Fire had destroyed the accomodation and she was listing to starboard. A subsequent aerial search failed to locate the vessel and she is presumed to have sunk. The crew of 15 were rescued by a passing container vessel. This vessel traded to Great Lakes ports starting in 1967 and was named Stepan Khalturin having been built two years before.

The following salties, all visitors to Great Lakes ports under at least one name were broken up according to the October edition of Marine News. In brackets next to the name of the ship is the year the ship transited the Seaway for the first time.
Aeolos arrived at Aliaga, Turkey on June 27. She transited the Seaway as Fahrmannsand (67)
Agios Vassilios arr. at Alang, India on August 3rd. In the Seaway as Rimba Balau (80) and Beta Luck (95)
Alfarah I arr. at Alang on July 21. In the Seaway as Zabrze (69)
Apj Angad (79) arr. at an unknown location in India prior to August.
Dima arr. Mumbai, India on July 12. In the Seaway as Zapolyarnyy (67) Was also known as Zapoljarnyj according to her name plate.
The Freedom type Glory arr. Alang on July 19. In the Seaway as Pozega (82)
The SD 14 type Litsa arr. Aliaga on August 6. In the Seaway as Santa Teresa (77) On Dec. 18, 1981, she had been the last saltie to clear the Seaway that year.
Sena arr. Alang on June 22. In the Seaway as Hampton Lion (84)
The Wismar type Weishan arr. Chittagong, Bangladesh about March 29. In the Seaway as Finntimber (75) and Silver Faith (91).

Reported by: René Beauchamp




Closing of the Seaway

11/09
Montreal-Lake Ontario Section
The clearance date for the navigation season is mid night, December 20.

For the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section, vessel demand, weather and ice conditions will dictate the final closing date. It will be announced as early as possible in December (via Radio Messages), whether or not, based upon operating conditions, vessels will be subject to operational surcharges on Dec 21, 22 and 23, however the surcharges will not be waived for Dec 24.

Welland Canal
Vessels will be accepted to transit the Welland Canal upbound at CIP15 and downbound at CIP16 up to 8:00 a.m. December 24. The Welland Canal may be kept open beyond this date depending on vessel demand and operating conditions. However, vessel transits after 8:00 a.m. December 24, if permitted, will be subject to Agents/Owners signing a written agreement with the Seaway.

Mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe weather conditions may occur during the closing period. Should this happen, there is a chance that the above-noted dates, for the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section and/or the Welland Canal, may not be met.

The Seaway entities will monitor weather conditions and demand, and the final closing dates for both sections will be confirmed (via Radio Messages) when better information is available.

Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canal
The official closing date for the Soo Locks is mid night January 15, 2002.

Ports East of Montreal
There are a number of ports east of the Seaway (St. Lambert Lock) on the St. Lawrence River that remain open to navigation during the winter months.

Reported by: Ron Walsh




Alpena Update

11/09
The Joseph H. Frantz arrived at Lafarge to unload coal early Thursday morning. It remained in port to wait out the strong northwest winds. The J.A.W Iglehart was at anchor in Thunder Bay (Lake Huron) waiting out the winds also. The tug Jacklyn M and barge Integrity was expected into Lafarge sometime Thursday.

The Alpena was in Milwaukee on Thursday. The tug and barge Joseph H. Thompson was loading at Stoneport on Thursday. Also due in was the Earl W. Oglebay.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Saginaw News

11/09
The Canadian Transfer passed through the Veteran's Memorial Bridge at 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning upbound. She tied up at the Bay Aggregates dock due to low water in the river. By early morning the water was coming back up rapidly due to a wind shift.

At 11:40 a.m. the Transfer report it was departing the Bay City Wirt Dock heading upriver for the BV Dock. Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Canadian Transfer upbound clear of Lafayette Bridge.
Passing Brennan Marine.
Bow View.
Stern View.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Toledo Report

11/09
The Algocen was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. The CSL Niagara was loading grain at Anderson's "K" Elevator.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the John G. Munson on Saturday followed by the Charles M. Beeghly, and Jean Parisien on Sunday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Monday.

The Oakglen is scheduled to arrive at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator today or Saturday. She is supposed to follow the Algocen loading grain.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Lorain Update

11/09
Thursday the Mesabi Miner was backing into the lakefront transfer dock at 2:00 p.m . Last year the Lake Erie port saw two or three loads of taconite a week, this year the port has averaged one ship calling weekly and sometimes fewer. The American Republic was scheduled for a return visit that evening for her second of three shuttle trips to LTV in Cleveland. The stock pile at the shuttle terminal in Lorain is about half or less than what they normally have this time of the year.

Reported by: Ned Gang




Society Meeting

11/09
Great Lakes historian John F. Devendorf will be the speaker on Saturday evening (November 10) at the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society in Bay City.

Mr. Devendorf will recount the 1915 Eastland disaster, which claimed more than 800 lives when the passenger liner capsized in Chicago.

The speaker is the author of the book "Great Lakes Bulk Carriers 1869-1985".

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Center and Grant Streets, in Bay City. Parking and entrance to the hall are in the rear of the building. The meeting is open to the public, and admission is free. The Saginaw River Marine Historical Society will also hold its annual Memorial Service for sailors at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lantern Restaurant on North Water Street in downtown Bay City.

Reported by: Stephen Hause




Today in Great Lakes History - November 09

The EDWIN H. GOTT's keel was laid November 9, 1977.

The aft section of the ATLANTIC SUPERIOR was launched November 9, 1981.

In the fall of 1962 the W.F WHITE left the Lakes for coal shuttle service in the Chesapeake Bay area passing down the Welland Canal November 9th.

The keel for the GEORGE M. HUMPHREY (2) was laid November 9, 1953.

NORMAN B. REAM was laid up at Duluth, MN on November 9, 1960. In 1965 she would be sold and renamed b) KINSMAN ENTERPRISE (1).

In 1971 the City of Midland 41 was laid up due to coal strike.

On 9 November 1923, AZTEC (wooden propeller bulk freighter, 180', 835 gt, built in 1889 at Marine City) was destroyed by fire at her home port of Marine City, MI. The wreck lay in the Belle River until dynamited in the 1930s and what was left was placed on the previously raised barge PROVINCE which was then towed up the St. Clair River, into Lake Huron and scuttled.

On 9 November 1877, the Port Huron Times announced that the Lake schooners W. C. GRANT and CITY OF GREEN BAY had left Montreal on a voyage to Europe.

The Big Storm of 1913
On November 7, 1913, the storm responsible for sinking or damaging more vessels than any other began a six-day assault on the Great Lakes. The "Big Blow" of 1913 struck Lake Superior on November 7 and reached Lake Michigan by November 8.

At 10:00 p.m. on November 9, 1913 the HOWARD M. HANNA, JR. was blown broadside onto the Port Austin Reef (off the tip of Michigan's thumb on Lake Huron) by Northerly winds in excess of 60 mph during the Great Storm of 1913. The ship finally lost power and was driven onto the reef where she broke in two at hatch number seven.

On November 9, 1913 while downbound with ore, the FRED G. HARTWELL (1) encountered very strong southwest winds in Lake Superior. She reached a position one mile east of Iroquois Point, on Whitefish Bay and dropped her anchor to ride out the storm. Her anchor began to drag when the winds shifted to the north and increased to unprecedented gale-force velocity. This was the beginning of the "Great Storm" of 1913 which drove her aground onto a rocky bottom. The seas pounded her until her bottom plates were torn open and she sank the next day in twenty-six feet of water.

On November 9th during the Big Storm of 1913, the MATTHEW ANDREWS (1) was downbound in Lake Huron with a cargo of iron ore. Captain Lempoh decided to drop anchor rather than risk trying to enter the St. Clair River during the fury of the storm. Taking bearings for anchorage from Lightship 61 (stationed at Corsica Shoal), which unknown to him had been blown two miles off station, the MATTHEW ANDREWS (1) grounded heavily on Corsica Shoal.

Below is a first hand account of the storm from the journal of John McLaughlin transcribe by his great grandson Hugh McNichol. John was working on an unknown vessel during the Storm of 1913. The boat was captained by John McAlpine and Harry Roberts as Chief Engineer. The boat was loading iron ore in Escanaba when the storm started on November 8th.
Sunday, November 9, 1913
I got up at 12 a.m. and went on watch. They were loading us but awful slow, It is blowing hard and some snow falling and colder. We got away at 11:35 am. There is a heavy sea on and blowing a gale. We ain't making much headway, about 2 miles in 4 hours.
More entries from the Storm of 1913 tomorrow.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Jody Aho, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Updates

11/08
November 8 updates will be added Sunday, sorry for the delay.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 08

The COLUMBIA STAR (steel propeller bulk freighter, 1000', 35,923 gt) was launched November 8, 1980 at Bay Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wis. She is part of the Oglebay Norton fleet.

The BENJAMIN F. FAIRLESS and IRVING S. OLDS arrived on November 8, 1988 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping by Sing Cheng Yung Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

The STADACONA (1) was renamed ROBERT S. McNAMARA by its new owner Ford Motor Company's Marine Division. The McNAMARA was rescued from potential scrapping when Ford purchased her for $80,000 and spent $15,000 for renovation at AmShip's Toledo yard.

The J.P. MORGAN, JR. arrived at Avilés, Spain on November 8, 1980.

PETER A.B. WIDENER passed down the Welland Canal November 8, 1986 towed by the tugs TUSKER and GLENADA en route to Lauzon, Que. From there she was towed overseas for scrapping. When built, the PETER A.B. WIDENER and fleetmates J. PIERPONT MORGAN, NORMAN B. REAM and HENRY H. ROGERS were the first 600-footers built for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co.;"The Class of 1906."

On 08 Nov 1986, the B. F. AFFLECK (steel propeller freighter, 588', 7964 gt, built in 1927 at Toledo, OH), under tow of the tug THUNDER CAPE, went adrift on Lake Superior in a storm after the tug lost power. The tug AVENGER IV was dispatched to pick up the AFFLECK, which was headed for scrap, and the tanker EASTERN SHELL towed the THUNDER CAPE to Thunder Bay for repairs.

BEN HUR, a wooden schooner-barge wrecker, 314 t, built in 1874 at Dunville, Ont., had been purchased for the job of salvaging the schooner M. E. TREMNBLE. On 8 November 1890, she was at the job near Port Huron in the St. Clair River when she was rammed and sunk by the schooner-barge SUPERIOR which was being towed by the steamer PASSAIC. BEN HUR settled on top of the schooner she was attempting to salvage and a lighter-scow she was using also went down with her.

On 8 November 1877, the bark GREAT WEST was carrying 262,000 feet of lumber from Caseville to Chicago. Much of it was piled topside. In a big storm on Lake Michigan, she lost her deck load. She then became waterlogged and finally went ashore near Hyde Park, Illinois on 10 November. The crew were all saved.

On 8 November 1877, KATE L. BRUCE (3-mast wooden schooner, 307 t, built in 1872 at Manitowoc, WI) was carrying wheat in tow of the tug JOHNSON when she was let go in heavy weather. She disappeared with all eight of her crew off Alpena, Michigan. A bureau containing her papers washed ashore in August 1878. The sunken wreck was discovered in 6 fathoms of water in Thunder Bay during the Autumn of 1879.

The forebody of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER arrived in Prescott on 05 Nov 2000, under tow of the Trois Rivieres tug DUGA. It remained there for three days. The previous March, it was reported that the hull was undergoing conversion to a 498-foot grain storage barge for Les Elevateurs des Trois Rivieres, Quebec. (The engine room portion of the former CANADIAN EXPLORER was mated to the forward section of the HAMILTON TRANSFER in 1998 and now sails as the CANADIAN TRANSFER.)

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Jody Aho, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Ste. Claire Moved

11/07
The Ste Claire was moved Tuesday to the Torco Lakefront Docks behind the Buckeye and next to the Saturn.

The former Bob-lo boat entered the dry dock at Toledo Shiprepair on September 11. The work on the hull has been completed and crews will begin work on the superstructure this week.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman and Scott Ousky




Interesting traffic at DMIR ore docks

11/07
The DMIR ore dock in Two Harbors continues to receive infrequent callers. Columbia Star is due there Nov. 9 and Joe Block -- a regular at the Duluth dock -- is scheduled for Nov. 10. The rest of the lineup is pretty steady: Edgar B. Speer on Nov. 6, Edwin H. Gott on Nov. 8 and Presque Isle on Nov. 11.

Traffic at the Duluth dock is slowing down. The next vessel due there is Halifax on Nov. 10. Then there isn't another vessel scheduled until Mesabi Miner on Nov. 18, followed by Armco on Nov. 19 and CSL Tadoussac on the20th.

Reported by: Al Miller




McKee Sons and Invincible in Grand Haven

11/07
The McKee Sons and the tug Invincible arrived light in Grand Haven shortly after noon on Tuesday to load sand. The bow thrusters were busy keeping the vessel, riding high in the water, between the piers as a strong southwesterly wind push the vessel towards the north. The crew of the tug skillfully threaded the piers and by 3:30 p.m. loading was about 50% complete.

Reported by: Dale Rosema




Tug and Barge in Saginaw

11/07
The tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and barge Great Lakes Trader called at the Saginaw Rock Products dock on Tuesday with a load from Stoneport. After unloading, the vessel moved into the Sixth Street turning basin in Saginaw to turn for her outbound transit. Because of the overall length of the vessel, more than 800 feet, the tug must pull out of the notch of the barge and push the barge around to head downriver.

Pictures by: Stephen Hause
Entering turning basin.
Pushing into turning basin.
Joyce L. Van Enkevort pushing Great Lakes Trader.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Sevilla Wave Departs

11/07
On Saturday the Takideftis was in Cleveland unloading, the vessel is the former Trident Mariner. While the ship was unloaded the crew practiced a fire lifeboat drill.

After unloading part of her cargo at Ceres, Inc. Dock 24 East the vessel proceed to Toledo and then on to Detroit to continue unloading.

Unloading.
View from the dock.
Testing a fire hose.
Life boat drill.
In the water.
Rowing away from the ship.
Departing later that day.

Reported by: HG




Twin Ports Report

11/07
Grain traffic in the Twin Ports remained brisk Tuesday, with a full house on the Duluth side and a lineup of vessels on the Superior side.

In Duluth, all loading berths were occupied, with Vaasaborg at General Mills, Ziemia Chelminska at Cargill and Federal Hudson at AGP.

In Superior, Quebecois remained at the Cenex Harvest States terminal. Kinsman Independent was loading at Peavey while Canadian Venture waited for the berth by laying at anchor in the seldom-used anchorage area inside the harbor near Superior Entry.

Reported by: Al Miller




Cleveland Update

11/07
On Tuesday afternoon the J.A.W. Iglehart was inbound for Lafarge. The James Palladino & Kellstone 1 was at Dock 20.

Pictures by TZ
Iglehart passing the Kellstone 1.
Close up.
Passing under the rail road bridge.
Close up.


Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Toledo Update

11/07
The Canadian Leader was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator. The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Coal Docks will be the Canadian Progress today followed by the John G. Munson on Friday. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will now be the Reserve on Monday.

The Buckeye and Saturn are in lay-up at the Lakefront Docks. Classic views of Toledo shipping.
James Norris as a straightdecker downbound the Maumee River loaded with grain.
Richard J. Reiss of the American Steamship Company loading coal at the C & O #3 coal machine.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Hamilton Update

11/07
Work is being done on the Windoc. Work crews are building a plywood-enclosed structure on top of the aft cabins where the Windoc's funnel used to be. On the pier beside the vessel, there appears to be a parked construction trailer.

Over at Pier 23, the tug James A. Hannah and barge 5101 are moored unloading carbon black oil.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Sevilla Wave Departs

11/07
The saltie Sevilla Wave was down bound on the St. Lawrence Seaway Tuesday heading off the lakes with a split cargo of steel and grain.

Passing Brockville about noon.

Reported by: Peter Carter




Annual Lay-up List

11/07:
The 8th Annual Lay-up List is now available on-line.
Click here to view




Boatnerd Tops 2 Million

11/07:
About 3:30 p.m. Tuesday over 2,000,000 visits had been recorded to the main page of the Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping home page. The counter was started as the page was launched in 1995 and topped one million visits in October last year.

The two millionth visitor passed through with out contacting me, it is unknown who it was but they were visiting from the Cleveland area.

It is interesting to note that the first month in 1995 that the page was live 590 visits were recorded. Today the site receives an average of 60,000 user sessions each month. The site represents a huge time commitment on my part and I would like to thank to all the viewers and contributors for making the web site what it is today.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 07

On 7 November 1852, ST. LOUIS (wooden side-wheeler, 190’, 618 t, built in 1844 at Perrysburg, OH) was carrying railroad cars when she capsized and sank in a gale off Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie. She was owned by Eber & Samuel Ward.

On 07 Nov 1906, the Grand Trunk carferry GRAND HAVEN (steel carferry, 306', 2320 gt, built in 1903 at Toledo, OH) was put up for sale at a receiver's auction when the Grand Trunk Car Ferry Line defaulted on it's bonds. It was purchased by a new Grand Trunk subsidiary, the Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry Company. This vessel had a long carrier both on the Lakes and in the Caribbean. She was finally scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 1970.
Image of the Grand Haven from the Father Dowling Collection

The T2 converted laker HILDA MARJANNE's 1961 German-built hull forward of the engine room, minus her pilot house, was towed by the tugs G.W. ROGERS and BAGOTVILLE to Port Weller Dry Docks arriving there on November 7, 1983. This section was to become part of the CANADIAN RANGER.

On November 7, 1989 the SAMUEL MATHER (7) was moved to the Frog Pond on her way to the cutter's torch.

The ARTHUR B. HOMER was launched November 7, 1959 for the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Cleveland, OH. She was the last ship built by Great Lakes Engineering at River Rouge.

In 1902 the BRANSFORD rammed and sank the tug RECORD with a loss of a tug crewman in the Portage Lake Ship Canal in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

On November 7, 1913, the storm responsible for sinking or damaging more vessels than any other began a six-day assault on the Great Lakes. The "Big Blow" of 1913 struck Lake Superior on November 7 and reached Lake Michigan by November 8, where the Pittsburgh Steamship Company vessel Clarence A. Black was severely damaged by the waves at the dock in Gary.

On 7 November 1893, ALBANY (steel propeller package freighter, 267', 1918 gt, built in 1884 at Wyandotte, MI) collided with the iron freighter PHILADELPHIA in a think fog. PHILADELPHIA took ALBANY in tow to try to save her, but she sank a few miles off Pointe Aux Barques, MI. Her crew transferred to PHILADELPHIA, but they soon had to abandon her too since she also sank. 8 lives were lost, presumably when one of the lifeboats was run down by the still running, but abandoned, PHILADELPHIA.

On 7 November 1865, LILY DANCEY (2-mast wooden schooner, 92', 132 gc, built in 1856 at Goderich) was carrying grain in a gale on Lake Huron when she was driven ashore near Port Elgin or Kincardine, Ontario. Her cargo was later recovered, but the schooner broke up by 27 November of that year.

The City of Flint 32 ran aground at Manitowoc in 1947.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Father Dowling Collection, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Jody Aho, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Funds clear way for new lock at Soo Locks

11/06
Congress has agreed to spend the first $3 million in what is expected to be a $225 million effort to build a new lock at the Soo.

Construction of the lock could start next year and is expected to take five years to complete. The new lock, capable of handling 1,000-foot vessels, would be built where the present Davis and Sabin locks are located. Construction is not expected to disrupt ship traffic.

The Great Lakes states also will help pay for construction of the lock. Michigan approved its $14 million share in October.

Shipping interests have argued for years that a second modern lock is needed to ensure that shipping of iron ore would continue even if sabotage or an accident disabled the Poe Lock, which is the only lock of the four capable of handling the Great Lakes’ largest vessels.

"The problem that we have, and the justification for the new lock, is that all of the 1,000-footers are constrained to the Poe Lock," said Scott Parker, deputy district engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit. "If something were to happen to that lock, we would lose the capacity of 70 percent of the U.S. fleet to move from the upper lakes to the lower lakes."

Congress authorized a new lock in 1986 but had not appropriated money for construction.

Together with Congress' approval in October of a new Coast Guard icebreaker, the appropriation for a new lock means the government is committed to spending more than $300 million to support commercial shipping in the Great Lakes.

Reported by: John Meyland




Barge Breaks loose, Strikes Ship

11/06
On Saturday the tug James A. Hannah was transiting the Welland Canal with the barge 5101. The pair were tied up above Lock 8 to allow the Canadian Transport to pass. As the Transport approached a line from the tug to the barge parted and the barge drifted into the oncoming Canadian Transport. The barge struck the ship causing damage to both.

Seaway Authorities inspected both vessels and they were allowed to proceed but will each require repairs.

Reported by: Andy Jackson




Ship Strikes Arrestor

11/06
The St. Lawrence Seaway reopened early Saturday morning after being closed for almost 12 hours while repairs were completed to the ship arrestor at the Iroquois Lock. At 1:30 a.m., the Vermand Wave struck the arrestor while downbound in the Seaway. The arrestor is a heavy cable that is used on all the locks to stop a ship from striking a lock gate. One upbound vessel and three downbound vessels were delayed in the incident.

Reported by: Andy Severson




Steamer Ste. Claire on the Move

11/06
The former Bob-lo boat Ste. Claire is expected to be towed by two Gaelic tugs from the Toledo Shiprepair dry dock to the Frog Pond some time this morning. The work on the hull has been completed and crews will begin work on the superstructure this week. The group that purchased the vessel has not announced what they plan to do with the steamer once refurbishment is complete.

Reported by: Rob Kennedy




Crewman Falls

11/06
The ferry Pelee Islander was passing through the Welland Canal on Saturday heading for dry docking in Hamilton. As a crewman was landed he fell into the canal. He was quickly recovered by Seaway employees in an incident that could have been deadly.

Pelee Islander downbound below Lock 8. Jeff Thoreson

Reported by: Roger Lewis




Cuyahoga Visits

11/06
The Cuyahoga called on its namesake river late last week. It was inbound the Cuyahoga River heading to the Ontario 4 Dock.

Pictures by TZ
Cuyahoga arrives.
Close up.
Stern view.

Reported by: Rex Cassidy




Tall Ship Break Wall

11/06
The Empire Sandy went into winter quarters at Pier 4 in Toronto Sunday. It is being used as a break wall across the mouth of the yacht basin this winter.

Reported by: Gerry O.




November 1 Vessel Survey

11/06
60 U.S.-Flag lakers were in service on November 1, but since that date, two vessels have ended their season. The cement carrier PAUL H. TOWNSEND laid up on November 2; the self-unloader BUCKEYE arrived her winter berth on November 4.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Twin Ports Report

11/06
A sunny and unseasonably warm Monday morning saw seven vessels working the Duluth-Superior harbor.

In the grain trade, Virginiaborg was loading at General Mills and Ziemia Chelminska was loading at Cargill B1. In Superior, Canadian Venture was at Peavey elevator while Quebecois and Kapitan Nazarev were loading at Cenex Harvest States. At the port terminal, Lia was unloading lumber while Vaasaborg was fueling and waiting to load at General Mills. At the DMIR ore dock, Presque Isle was loading a partial cargo of taconite pellets before proceeding to Two Harbors to complete the load for Gary.

Midwest Energy Terminal also was expecting a busy Monday, with Indiana Harbor, Oglebay Norton and Algowood all scheduled to arrive.

Kinsman Independent and Federal Hudson were due later in the day for grain.

Reported by: Al Miller




Thunder Bay Update

11/06
Thunder Bay had a fairly quiet week last week, even the saltie traffic has slowed. Traffic in port on Thursday included, the Tobermory Ferry Chi-Cheemaun, which is still in the Pascol Dry Dock for her 5-year survey. She arrived on October 16.

Other traffic saw the tugs Bagotville and Sandra Mary at Keefer Terminals dock along with the Dredge John Holden who was towed back over there on Oct. 29. The Marinus Green arrived in Port last week with another load of Via Rail Cars for conversion at the Bombardier Plant. The Algolake announced her arrival Thursday at 7:15 a.m. as she was passing the Welcome Islands. She tied up at Thunder Bay Terminals and took on 26,000mt of coal. By 5:30 p.m. Captain Rasmussen was navigating the Algolake out onto Thunder Bay to face Gale Force Winds, on her way down to the Soo. The Algosteel also arrived anchoring outside the break wall around 4:30 p.m. to wait for the Algolake to finish up. After the Algolake had departed, the Algosteel backed into the vacated slip and tied up to take on a load of coal. The Algosteel had pressed on against 40-knot winds between Isle Royale and Thunder Cape to reach her destination of Thunder Bay. The Saltie Federal Kivalina was also upbound for Thunder Bay on her first trip to the port of the season.

Other visitors last week were the salties Olympic Mentor, Lake Michigan and Isa. Lakers included Algocape, Canadian Voyager and Jean Parisien.

Four Teenagers stepped forward with their parents and turned themselves into the Police in regard to a huge fire that saw Riverside Grain Terminals burn to the ground. One has been charged with arson while the other three face breaking and entering charges. The youths claim that they broke into the building and lit a small fire that quickly got out of control before they were forced to leave due to the heat from the fire. No Fire Fighters or other personnel where injured in the fire.

Cleanup continued on the derailment at the Central Avenue bridge where eight grain cars derailed in late October. The grain was transferred to other rail cars while the wreckage was pushed aside and new track was then laid. No one was injured in the derailment and investigation continues.

Approval was given last week for the merger of United Grain Growers and Agricore to merge into one company that will be called Agricore United. This merger affects eight elevators across Canada and may see the closure of one of those elevators with the possibility of loss of employment. Thunder Bay currently sees the operation of one Agricore elevator and two United Grain Grower elevators in port.

Olympic Mentor at UGG M.
Canadian Voyager arriving at Agricore.
Lake Michigan at Agricore.
Algonorth ready to depart Cargill.
Algonorth at Mission Terminal.
Oakglen fully loaded.
Montrealais, Oakglen and John B. Aird wait out the storm off port.
Mantadoc arriving.
Federal Hunter moving in the harbor.
Candian Leader loading.
Buccaneer at Thunder Bay Terminals.
Yarmouth loading.
Riverside Grain Terminal fire Oct. 26.
Tanks fall.
Another view.
Train derailment.
Close up.
Another view.

Reported by: Rob Farrow




Busy Day in Milwaukee

11/06
The Lee A. Tregurtha entered Milwaukee's inner harbor Sunday morning to unload coal for the Wisconsin Electric Power Company. Across the harbor, the Alpena was unloading cement at the Lafarge Terminal, while her fleet-mate, the Paul H. Townsend was tied up north of her at Milwaukee's Heavy Lift Dock in preparation for her winter lay-up.

Lee A. unloading.
Close up of pilot house.
Alpena unloading.
Alpena and Lee A.
Paul H. Townsend at its' lay-up dock.

Reported by: David Borzymowski




Mass Held to Honor Captain

11/06
On Sunday a mass was held in honor of Capt. Cathy Nasiatka who was lost in the sinking of the J.W. Westcott II last month.

Click here to read a story from Monday's Detroit Free press by Bill McGraw




Shipwreck Discovery Featured November 8

11/06
West Michigan residents will get their first look at what shipwreck hunters believe is the wreck of the steamer "CHICORA" lost on Lake Michigan over 106 years ago. Several members of the team that discovered what is believed to be the long sought after shipwreck will present their preliminary findings during an evening that will include a series of multimedia presentations depicting the life, loss, search and possible discovery of one of West Michigan's most significant historic vessels.

The presentation will be made at the Priscilla U. Byrns Heritage Center in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan on Thursday, November 8, 2001 at 7:00 PM. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The Graham & Morton cargo steamer CHICORA went missing on a late January 1895 trip from Milwaukee to Benton Harbor. Captain Edward Stines, 21 crewmembers, and one passenger were never seen again.

Members of the Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve committee discovered the wreck in nearly 300 feet of water off Saugatuck on Friday, May 25, 2001.

Renowned wreck finder Dave Trotter of Canton Michigan assisted SWMUP members search an area identified by member Jan Miller who pinpointed the location using historical data and computer models provided by the U. S. Coast Guard and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Participants and sponsoring organizations include the Berrien County Historical Association, the Chicora Preservation Society, Fort Miami Heritage Society, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Morton House Museum, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve and the United States Coast Guard.

Click here for more information about the Chicora

Reported by: Craig Rich




Will you be 2 Million?

11/06:
The counter on the main page will top 2,000,000 this week. Be sure to check the number as you log onto the Home Page. This counter was started as the page was launched in 1995 and topped one million visits in October last year.
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11/06
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Today in Great Lakes History - November 06

The b) US.266029 (WILLIAM CLAY FORD (1) was towed from Nicholson's River Rouge dock November 6, 1986 by tugs TUSKER and GLENADA to Port Maitland, Ont. for scrapping there in 1987.

On November 6, 1913 the SHEADLE left Fort William, Ont. bound for Erie, PA with grain and encountered fog, gale winds and a snow blizzard in one of the fiercest storms of the century.

On November 6, 1925 the Northern Navigation passenger steamer HAMONIC lost her propeller 20 miles west of Caribou Island in Lake Superior and was wallowing in gale force winds with gusts to 80 m.p.h. She was later towed to safety by the RICHARD TRIMBLE

On 06 Nov 1985, Desguaces Heme began scrapping the LEON FALK, JR. in Gijon, Spain. This vessel was built in Chester, Pa in 1945 as a tanker (504', 10,534 gt) and then was converted to a bulk freighter in Baltimore, MD in 1960-61 (710', 12,501 gt).

On 6 November 1872, the wooden propeller tug MILDRED, while towing a vessel out of Alpena, had her engine fail. Soon she was in trouble and sank. The crew was saved.

On 6 November 1827, ANN (wooden schooner, 53', 58 t, built in 1819 or 1821 at Black River, Ohio) was carrying salt, general merchandise and passengers when she was driven ashore on Long Point almost opposite Erie, PA. 7 Lives were lost, including 5 passengers. 6 survived.

In 1912 the Pere Marquette Railroad announced plans to build a new roundhouse at Ludington, it still stands today.

On 6 November 1874, the Port Huron Times listed the following vessels lost in the month of October and in the first week of November of that year: Propellers - BROOKLYN, FRANKFORT, NEW YORK; tug DOUGLAS; schooners - CITY OF PAINSVILLE, WANDERER, PREBLE, THOS. S. MOTT; and barges - CLIFTON and SHERMAN.

On 6 November 1883, GUIDING STAR (3-mast wooden schooner, 139’, 324 t, built in 1869 at Oswego, NY) was carrying coal to Milwaukee in fog when she went ashore 12 miles north of Milwaukee. Four of the crew made it to shore in the yawl, but it was wrecked in the process. The rest of the crew was finally rescued by the Milwaukee Lifesavers.

Crews began painting the hull of the SAGINAW (formerly JOHN J. BOLAND) in the colors of Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. (gray) on 06 Nov 1999 at Sarnia, Ontario. The vessel had recently been purchased from American Steamship Co. Inside the vessel, crews were gutting the living quarters to remove asbestos and add fire proof walls and new flooring. The engine room equipment and the unloading gear were also refurbished.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Father Dowling Collection, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Tug and Barge in Saginaw

11/05
The barge Great Lakes Trader and tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort arrived during the early morning hours Sunday. The pair spent the day unloading and was outbound at the Front Range Lights shortly after 1:00 p.m.

The barge Pathfinder and tug Dorothy Ann also arrived in the river Sunday morning heading for the Bay Aggregate Dock in Bay City. They finished unloading and were outbound about mid night.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Tug Dorothy Ann/Barge Pathfinder upbound at Wheeler's Landing.
Stern View.
Tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort/Barge Great Lakes Trader downbound at Independence Bridge.
Close Up.
Stern View.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Little Change In SMET's October Loading

11/05
Shipments of low sulfur coal from Superior Midwest Energy Terminal (SMET) in October - 1.7 million tons - were virtually unchanged from a year ago. For the season, SMET's loadings stand at 13.8 million tons, an increase of 7.3 percent.

Reported by: Lake Carriers' Association




Detroit Traffic

11/05
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Sunday.

Huron Maid at Westcott's Dock. She is operating as the primary mail boat.
Stern view.
Tugs Metacom and Forney at the Corps of Engineer Dock in Detroit.
Federal St. Laurent (Barbados) unloading at Morterm in Windsor.
Cuyahoga unloading at the ADM Dock in Windsor. The Kalisti that was loading at the dock Saturday moved to the anchorage and will return when the Cuyahoga departs.
Note the shoot attached to Cuyahoga's boom to permit unloading at the ADM Dock while tied up facing upbound.
Kalisti (Greece) anchored in Ojibway Anchorage.
Stern view.
F M Osborne in Nicholson's drydock.
Columbia in Nicholson's slip.
Algolake downbound with coal for Zug Island. She turned into the Rouge shortcut with the assistance of the Carolyn Hoey.
Carolyn Hoey along side.
Close up.
Working on the Algolake's stern.
Close up.
Lining up for the Rouge.
Close up.
Canadian Miner upbound at the Rouge Shortcut.
Stern view.
Federal St Laurent (Barbados) unloading at Morterm.
Cuyahoga unloading at the ADM Dock.
Courtney Burton downbound off Nicholson's.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Toledo Update

11/05
The John J. Boland was at the CSX Docks loading coal on Sunday. The Courtney Burton is due in at the Torco Dock on Sunday evening. The Buckeye arrived for winter lay-up at the Lakefront #3 Dock.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks will be the Nanticoke on Monday followed by the Canadian Progress on Weds. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will be the Armco on Friday 16 Nov. Classic views of Toledo shipping.
George D. Goble waiting at the Lakefront Ore Dock. She was supposedly waiting for the owner of the Kinsman Fleet to arrive (George Steinbrenner -- who currently owns the New York Yankees). She just finished loading a coal cargo at the Lakefront Coal Docks.
Lake Winnipeg upbound the Maumee River from the Cherry Street Bridge bound for one of the elevators to load a grain cargo.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Turns Six

11/05:
November 1995 marked the launch of this web site.
Launched as Great Lakes Vessel Passage, it was a small site with only four sections and less than a dozen pictures in the single Photo Gallery.

Today it has grown into the most comprehensive resource for Great lakes Shipping online with almost two million visits. My thanks go to all that have contributed to the web site and the viewers for their dedication and enthusiasm.
Neil




Will you be 2 Million?

11/05:
The counter on the main page will top 2,000,000 this week. Be sure to check the number as you log onto the Home Page. This counter was started as the page was launched in 1995 and topped one million visits in October last year.
Please e-mail if you are the 2 millionth visitor. The two millionth visitor will be verified by checking the server log, please do not repeatedly reload the page.




More Updates

11/05
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Today in Great Lakes History - November 05

The LOUIS R. DESMARAIS cleared Owen Sound, Ont. on her maiden voyage November 5, 1977 bound for Thunder Bay, Ont. to load 27,117 gross tons of iron ore for Stelco at Hamilton, Ont.

On her final trip, the IRVIN L. CLYMER passed upbound at the Soo on November 5, 1990 and arrived at Duluth two days later to unload limestone at the Hallet Dock #5 after which she moved to her final lay-up berth at Fraser's shipyard and tied up blowing one last three long and two short salute from her whistle. In 1993, she was sold to Arzon Corp. of Duluth, MN for scrapping

The GRAND HAVEN was raised on November 5, 1969 from the Old River Bed where she sank on September 19, 1969. She was raised for scrapping

Mr. J.W. Isherwood visited the Great Lakes Engineering Works ship yard on November 5, 1910 and personally inspected the hull which was being built according to his patented design. This vessel, the WILLIAM P. PALMER (2) was the first vessel on the Great Lakes built to the Isherwood system of longitudinal framing.

On 05 Nov 1917, a foggy and rainy day, the JAMES S. DUNHAM (steel propeller bulk freighter, 420', 4795 gt, built in 1906 at W. Bay City, MI) sank in a collision with the steamer ROBERT FULTON (steel propeller bulk freighter, 424', 4219 gt, built 1896 at Wyandotte, MI) just below Grassy Island on the Detroit River. Repairs for both vessels totaled $125,000.

On 5 November 1896, ACADIA (iron-framed wooden propeller, 176', built in 1867 at Hamilton, Ont.) was driven ashore and broke up in a gle near the mouth of the Michipicoten River in lake Superior. her crew made it to shore and five of them spent more than a week trying to make it to the Soo.

Port Huron Times of 5 November 1878: "The schooner J. P. MARCH is reported lost with all on board. She was lost at Little Traverse Bay on the northern shore of Lake Michigan. The MARCH was a three masted schooner and was owned by Benton & Pierce of Chicago."

On 5 November 1838, TOLEDO (2-mast wooden schooner, 98', 215 t, built in 1836 at Buffalo) was carrying dry goods valued at more than $100,000 up-bound on Lake Erie when she was driven ashore by a gale a half mile east of the mouth of the Grand River. She broke in two. No lives were lost.

On 5 November 1869, TITAN (wooden schooner, 132’, 361 gt, built in 1856 at Oswego, NY) was carrying 17,500 bushels of wheat on Lake Michigan in a terrific gale. She was driven toward shore. Her anchors were dropped as she came close in and they held for about an hour. However, the ship finally dragged ashore, losing both of her masts and breaking up as she struck. Of the nine on board, only one survived and that one was found crawling along the beach in a dazed state. When she was new, TITAN broke the record by completing the trip from Chicago to Oswego in only 8 days and 4 hours. Her record only lasted one day since the schooner SURPRISE broke it by 6 hours the following day.

In the summer of 1875 the propeller EAST ran down and sank the tug JOE MAC, not even pausing to save her crew from drowning. The following winter Messrs. Seymour & Co., owners of the JOE MAC, obtained a judgement in a U.S. court against the owners of the EAST. Since the EAST was a Canadian vessel, they were unable to seize her because the judgement could only be effected in American waters. On Sunday morning, 05 Nov 1876, the steam tug SEYMOUR, with a United States marshal and posse on board, proceeded up to Allen's (presumably at Ogdensburg, NY), and there lay in wait for the EAST, which went up by the Crossover light channel into American waters. The SEYMOUR ran out and captured the vessel and brought her to Averell's wharf in U.S. waters to await justice.

CALCITE II arrived in Sarnia at 6:00 AM on Sunday, 05 NOV 2000, for lay-up. After leaving Cleveland the previous day, she anchored in Western Lake Erie, so she could arrive at the North Slip in Sarnia when shore side personnel would be on-hand to assist. A chartered bus from Rogers City left about noon to take many of the crew home to Rogers City. Around 4:10 p.m., the downbound MYRON C. TAYLOR passed her fleetmate CALCITE II, perhaps for the last time in USS Great Lakes Fleet colors, and she blew her sister an extended 3 long and 2 short master salute. The TAYLOR was bound for Cleveland with a load of stone.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




More Lay-ups

11/04
Adding to the growing list of early vessel lay-ups is the Buckeye. She was unloading in Ashtabula Saturday and expected to arrive at her lay-up dock in Toledo today.

Due to a down turn in the steel industry the Buckeye almost sat out the 2001 season and did not enter service until April 19. Last year the Buckeye entered lay-up on December 29.

Poor economic conditions are being blamed for many of the vessels that are entering lay-up early.

The Paul H. Townsend arrived at the Port of Milwaukee's Heavy Lift Dock for winter lay-up on Friday morning. This lay-up is a few weeks earlier than last year.

Reported by: Capt. Charlie Lampman, Andy LaBorde, Dave Swain




Cliffs to acquire Algoma's share of Tilden mine

11/04
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. announced Friday that it will acquire the 45-percent share of the Tilden Mining Co. from Cannelton Iron Ore Co., a subsidiary of Algoma Steel.

By acquiring Cannelton's share in the taconite mine and processing plant near Ishpeming, Mich., Cliffs will become owner of 85 percent of Tilden. It also manages the operation.

Cliffs officials said the acquisition is part of the company's plan to increase its holdings of North American iron ore properties.

"With most steel companies interested in exiting their ownership positions, there is a unique and exciting opportunity today for Cliffs to take a leadership position in remaking the iron ore business in the United States," said John S. Brinzo, chairman and CEO of Cliffs.

Cliffs won't pay any cash to Cannelton but instead will assume its $15 million to $20 million in liabilities in Tilden. The acquisition depends on the successful restructuring of Algoma Steel's debts. The Canadian steelmaker is in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings and could be restructured by the end of the year.

Under the deal, Cliffs' share of Tilden's annual 7.8-million-ton annual production will rise from 3.1 million tons to 6.6 million tons. In a key part of the agreement, Algoma Steel has agreed to buy taconite pellets from Cliffs for 15 years. Annual sales to Algoma are expected to range from 3 million to 3.5 million tons a year.

Stelco, another Canadian steelmaker, will continue to hold 15 percent of the Tilden mine.

Tilden isn't Cliffs' only acquisition move. The company closed a deal last week to acquire the defunct LTV Steel Mining Co. in Minnesota, including its 74-mile railroad and its 2,234-foot loading dock in Taconite Harbor. Cliffs also is seeking to buy Bethlehem Steel's 70.3-percent share of Hibbing Taconite Co., also in Minnesota.




Busy Day for Menominee and Marinette

11/04
There was a flurry of activity in the ports of Menominee, MI and Marinette, WI Friday, more commercial traffic was in the harbor then can be remembered in recent history. The Virginiaborg departed after unloading at about 1:30 p.m.. It passed inbound fleet mate Vaasaborg that was heading to K&K to unload. At the same time the Veeresborg was at anchor being lightened by the Erica Kobasic and a barge to allow her to make the shallower dock at K&K behind the Vaasaborg.

At about 8:00 p.m. the tug Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick assisted the Ira into port for the Marinette Fuel dock with pig iron. There was literally no room on the K&K dock with almost every inch taken up by a vessel or tug.

The Vaasaborg and tug Erica Kobasic departed Saturday morning leaving the Selvick tugs, Veeresborg and the Ira in port.

Virginiaborg ready to depart the K&K Warehouse Dock.
Jimmy L leads the Virginiaborg though the Menekaunee Bridge.
The Veeresborg on the left (being lightered) and the Vaasaborg.
Vaasaborg on the left and the Virginiaborg being towed out of the river by the Selvick tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick.
The Vaasaborg on the left passes the outbound Virginiaborg.
Another view (inbound Vaasaborg passes the outbound Virginiaborg).
Selvick tugs Jimmy L (in the lead) and Carla Anne Selvick approach the North Pier Lighthouse returning to port.
Vaasaborg enters the Menominee River.
Veeresborg being lightered out in the Bay with the Erica Kobasic and barge in attendance.
Vaasaborg at the K&K Warehouse dock in Menominee alongside the cranes that will unload her.
Veerseborg at the K&K Warehouse Dock - the "bales" in front of her are part of the cargo that was taken off her out in the Bay Friday afternoon.
The cargo that was taken off the Veeresborg Friday afternoon by crane/barge is stacked on the dock at K&K Warehouse in Menominee (tug is Carla Anne Selvick).
Vesseborg (closest) with the Selvick tug Jimmy L, Basic tug Erica Kobasic, and in the distance the Vaasaborg all at the K&K dock Saturday morning.
The last ship to arrive Friday, the Ira with a load of pig iron for Marinette Fuel & Dock.

Reported by: Scott Best and Dick Lund




Queen of the Lakes Loads

11/04
The largest vessel on the Great Lakes, the 1,014-foot Paul R. Tregurtha was loading ore in Escanaba Sunday. It arrived Friday night and began loading after the Joseph L. Block departed around midnight.

Tregurtha loading.
Another view.
View from the dock.

Reported by: Scott Best




Westcott Salvage

11/04
The J.W. Westcott Co. continues servicing vessels on the Detroit River after the sinking of the primary mail boat J.W. Westcott II late last month. The Port Huron based pilot boat Huron Maid is now working as the primary boat with the Joseph J. Hogan on station as a back up.

The Westcott II remains at Nicholson's terminal awaiting repairs, it is unknown when the mail boat will return to service. Over the years the stout little boat has come to represent the Westcott Company as it works the Detroit River.

J.W. Westcott II at Nicholson's
Close up of the bow.
On deck
Interior view.
The engine was due to be rebuilt this winter, it may now be replaced.




Holland Update

11/04
The Earl W. Oglebay paid an overnight visit to Holland late Friday and early Saturday. She tied up at the James DeYoung power plant at about midnight and delivered 12,525 tons of coal loaded at Sandusky on Halloween.

The Gregory J. Busch/STC finally departed from the Padnos dock at noon on Saturday. The pair arrived in Holland on October 24 to load scrap metal for delivery to Chicago. High winds forced the long layover.

Reported by: Bob Vande Vusse




Detroit Traffic

11/04
Below are images of traffic on the Detroit River Saturday morning.

Sandsucker F M Osborne in Nicholson's Drydock.
Close up.
J.W. Westcott II on Nicholson's Dock.
Another view.
Kalisti (Greece) loading at the ADM Dock.
Stern view.

Reported by: Mike Nicholls




Welland Canal Update

11/04
Below are images of traffic passing through the Welland Canal Saturday.

Peter R. Cresswell above Lock 7.
Canadian Voyager downbound below Lock 8.
Canadian Miner upbound above Lock 3.
Nanticoke downbound above lock 7.
Passing the Cresswell.
Pelee Islander downbound below Lock 8.
Olympic Mentor downbound Below Lock 8.
Federal Schelde upbound above Lock 2.
Capt Henry Jackman at the fuel dock.

Reported by: Jeff Thoreson




Toronto Report

11/04
The charter boat Klancy II was refloated at Toronto Drydock Saturday morning.

Reported by: Gerry O.




Memorial Mass for Captain

11/04
A memorial mass will be held on today at 11:00 a.m. for Capt. Cathy Nasiatka who was lost in the Westcott II sinking. Her body was recovered Monday afternoon when the mail boat was raised from the Detroit River.

The mass will be held at the Most Holy Trinity Church 1050 porter street, Detroit. The church is located on the corner of 6th & Porter St. just off the Lodge Freeway at the Howard Street exit (313)965-4450 .

The family has requested that any donations in Cathy's name be sent to the Church.
Apostolate of The Sea Most Holy Trinity Church
In Memory of Capt. Cathy Nasiatka
1050 Porter Street
Detroit, MI 48226





Today in Great Lakes History - November 04

On 4 November 1875, SWAN (wooden propeller tug, 11 gt, built in 1862 at Buffalo, NY) caught fire while lying out in the Saginaw River near East Saginaw. She was abandoned by the crew and burned to the water’s edge.

The JOSEPH G. BUTLER, JR. (steel bulk freighter, 525', 6588 gt) was launched on 04 Nov 1905 at Lorain, Ohio for the Tonopah Steamship Co. (Hutchinson & Co., mgr.). She lasted until 1971 when she was stripped of her cabins and scuttled, along with HENRY R. PLATT, JR., at Steel Co. of Canada plant, Burlington Bay, Hamilton, Ont., as breakwater and fill.

The CARTIERCLIFFE HALL was registered at Toronto, Ont. on 04 Nov 1977, but didn't enter service until the spring of 1978 because of mechanical difficulties during her sea trials.

On 04 Nov, 1986 the TEXACO CHIEF (2) was renamed A.G. FARQUARSON. She is now the ALGONOVA.

CALCITE II departed Cleveland at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 04 Nov 2000, on her last trip for USS Great Lakes Fleet. She sailed upbound for Sarnia, Ontario where she spent the winter in lay-up. Grand River Transportation had entered into a sale agreement with USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc. for the purchase of the CALCITE II, GEORGE A. SLOAN and MYRON C. TAYLOR.

HERON BAY (2) proceeded under her own power to Lauzon, Que. for her final lay-up on November 4, 1978.

NIPIGON BAY was launched November 4, 1950

On November 4, 1986 the TEXACO CHIEF (2) was renamed b) A.G. FARQUARSON.

The CHARLES L. HUTCHINSON (3) developed a sizable leak and almost sank November 4, 1925 during her tow to Superior after she struck a reef a few nights before.

The ROBERT C. STANLEY's keel was laid November 4, 1942.

UNITED STATES GYPSUM (2) grounded at Toledo, OH on November 4, 1972 resulting in damages totaling $125,000. Her propeller was removed and the rudder shaft was locked in position to finish the season as a manned barge on the coal run from Toledo to Detroit, MI.

The Joseph H. Thompson became not only the largest vessel on the Great Lakes but also the longest dry bulk cargo vessel in the world when it entered service on November 4, 1952, departing Chicago on its first trip.

Setting the stage for the fateful storm which followed less than a week later which sank the Edmund Fitzgerald, many locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin were setting all-time record high temperatures for the month of November during the period of November 4-6, 1975. Grand Marais, MN reached 67 on November 5 and Superior reached 74 on November 6, both all-time records for the month. Many other notable Great Lakes storms, including the Armistice Day storm of 1940 and the storm that sank the Henry Steinbrenner in 1953, were proceeded by record-setting warm weather.

On 4 November 1877, MARY BOOTH (wooden scow-schooner, 132 t, built in 1857 at Buffalo) was carrying maple lumber in a storm in Lake Michigan. She became waterlogged but her crew doggedly clung to her until she appeared ready to turn turtle. Then her crew abandoned her and she rolled over. She drifted in the lake for several days. The crew landed at White Lake, Michigan and they were near death.

Port Huron Times of 4 November 1878: "The propeller CITY OF MONTREAL is believed to have gone down on Lake Michigan Friday [1 NOV 1878]. The schooner LIVELY, laden with coal for Bay City, is reported ashore 6 miles above Sand Beach, having gone on at 12 o'clock Sunday night [3 NOV 1878]. The schooner WOODRUFF, ashore at Whitehall, is a total loss. Two men were drowned, one died from injuries received, and Capt. Lingham was saved. The tugs E. M. PECK and MYSTIC, which went from the Sault to the assistance of the propeller QUEBEC, were wrecked near where she lies, one being on the beach and the other sunk below her decks. Both crews were rescued and were taken to St. Joseph Island."

On 4 November 1856, J. W. BROOKS (wooden propeller, 136', 322 t, built in 1851 at Detroit) was carrying provisions and copper ingots to Ogdensburg, New York in a storm when she foundered on Lake Ontario, 8 miles northeast of False Ducks Light. Estimates of the loss of lives range from 22 to 50. In July 1857, she was partially raised and some of her cargo was recovered. She only had a five year career, but besides this final incident, she had her share of disasters. In July 1855, she had a boiler explosion and in May of that same year, she sank in Canadian waters.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Twin Port Report

11/03
The Twin Ports grain trade was slow on Friday. Paterson was in port again to load at AGP. This boat, seldom seen here in years past, is making its second call here in recent weeks. Also loading was Rubin Lark at AGP. Ziemia Chelminska was anchored on the lake waiting for Cargill B1 and Kapitan Nazarev was due in later for Cenex Harvest States.

Elsewhere, Quebecois was unloading at St. Lawrence Cement and Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was expected at Midwest Energy Terminal.

Other interesting vessel calls scheduled for Midwest Energy Terminal include Courtney Burton on Nov. 6 to load for Ashland, Peter Cresswell, due Nov. 8 for its first trip here under that name; and Indiana Harbor, due Nov. 12 to load for the power plant in Silver Bay, Minn.

In the taconite trade, Presque Isle was due at DMIR to unload stone and then load pellets, and George A. Stinson and Stewart J. Cort were due at BNSF in Superior. Columbia Star is scheduled to make a rare call at BNSF on Saturday.

Reported by: Al Miller




Milwaukee Update

11/03
The Paul H. Townsend arrived at the Port of Milwaukee's Heavy Lift Dock for winter lay up on Friday morning. Following just behind was the Saginaw. The Saginaw was standing by waiting for the Canadian Prospector to depart the grain elevator later that day. The Saginaw then shifted to the elevator to load.

The tug Kurt Luedtke and a dredge continue to work various parts of the harbor.

Reported by: Andy LaBorde




Alpena News

11/03
The steamer Alpena came into port Friday afternoon to load cement for Milwaukee, WI. The J.A.W. Iglehart was in Detroit and was expected to depart some time Friday evening.

The Kaye E. Barker was loading at Stoneport on Friday afternoon with a load of stone for Detroit. Waiting at anchor was the Great Lakes Trader, they would load after the Barker on Friday evening.

Reported by: Ben and Chanda McClain




Saginaw River Report

11/03
The Halifax was inbound the Saginaw River early Friday morning. She stopped at the Essroc Terminal in Essexville to unload clinker. The Halifax has been in contact with the Roen Salvage Tug, Stephen M. Asher, to assist with her departure later that afternoon. Roen salvage has crews on the Saginaw River completing dredging for the new Bay Aggregates Dock.

The Alpena was outbound Friday morning passing the Front Range at 8:00 a.m. Alpena had unloaded cement earlier at the Lafarge Terminal in Saginaw.

The tanker Saturn departed the Triple Clean Liquifuels Dock around 8:30 a.m. Friday. Saturn had unloaded fuel oil at the dock overnight.

Pictures by: Todd Shorkey
Halifax unloading at Essroc.
Another View.
Halifax from Smith Park in Essexville.
Tanker Saturn departing Triple Clean downbound.
Close up.

Reported by: Stephen Hause, Lon Morgan and Todd Shorkey




Hamilton Update

11/03
Friday afternoon, the Canadian Miner was unloading iron ore pellets at Dofasco while being refueled by the Hamilton Energy. Fed Nav's Lake Ontario was moored at Pier 23 to unload steel products, although no unloading activity was seen at the time. The Sevilla Wave, partially loaded with lentils is at Pier 14, again with no activity seen.

The CSL Laurentian was moored at Pier 11 that afternoon at the Canamera facilities. This reporter has never seen a CSL vessel there, let alone a self unloader. The CSL Laurentian was unloading what appeared to be soya beans for processing. The boom was extended over a building along the dockside and appeared to be discharging the cargo into an opening on top of the building.

Reported by: Patricia Burgon




Today in Great Lakes History - November 03

The B A PEERLESS sailed on her maiden voyage November 3, 1952 bound for Superior, WI where 110,291 bbl of crude oil were loaded destined for British-American's refinery at Clarkson, Ont. The PEERLESS was built for the express purpose of transporting crude oil from the Interprovincial/Lakehead Pipeline terminus at Superior to B/A's Clarkson refinery. The vessel lasted until 1991 when she was broken up.

On 3 November 1898, PACIFIC (wooden propeller passenger/package freighter, 179'. 918 gt, built in 1883 at Owen Sound, Ontario) caught fire at the Grand Trunk dock at Collingwood, Ontario. She burned to a shell despite a concerted effort to save her. She was later towed out into Georgian Bay and scuttled.

On 3 November 1855, DELAWARE (wooden propeller, 173', 368 t, built in 1846 at Black River, OH) was carrying general merchandise from Chicago to Buffalo with a stop at Milwaukee. She was driven ashore by a gale 8 miles south of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and sank. 10 or 11 of the 18 on board lost their lives. Within a few days, only her arches were visible above the water.

On 3 November 1898, PACIFIC (wooden propeller passenger/package freight steamer, 179'. 918 gt, built in 1883 at Owen Sound, Ontario) caught fire at the Grand Trunk dock at Collingwood, Ontario. She burned to a shell despite a concerted effort to save her. She was later towed out into Georgian Bay and scuttled.

Dismantling of the H. C. HEIMBECKER began on 03 Nov 1981 by Triad Salvage Company at Ashtabula, Ohio and was completed the following year. This vessel was originally named GEORGE W. Perkins (steel bulk freighter, 556', 6553 gt, built in 1905 at Superior, WI.)

On November 3, 1910, ATHABASCA (steel propeller passenger steamer, 263', 1774 gt, built in 1883 in Scotland) collided with the tug GENERAL near Lime Island in the St. Mary's River. As a result of the collision, the GENERAL sank. She was later recovered and rebuilt as a bulk freighter and lasted until she was broken up in 1948.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Today in Great Lakes History - November 02

On November 2, 1984 the tugs ATOMIC and ELMORE M. MISNER towed the ERINDALE to the International Marine Salvage scrap dock at Port Colborne where demolition began that month.

The H.C. HEIMBECKER proceeded under her own power to Ashtabula, OH for scrapping, arriving there November 2, 1981.

On November 2, 1948 the FRANK ARMSTRONG collided head-on with the JOHN J. BOLAND (2) in a heavy fog on Lake Erie near Colchester, Ont. Both vessels were badly damaged and resulted in one fatality on the BOLAND. The ARMSTRONG was towed to Toledo, OH for repairs.

In 1972 the A.E. NETTLETON's towline parted from the OLIVE L. MOORE during a snowstorm with gale force winds 17 miles west of the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior. The barge developed a 15 degree list when her load of grain shifted. Three of her five member crew were air lifted by a U.S.C.G. helicopter to the MOORE to assist in re-rigging the towline. The NETTLETON was then towed the next day into the Lily Pond on the Keweenaw Waterway to trim her cargo.

The WILLIAM C. MORELAND was abandoned to the underwriters on November 2, 1910 as a constructive total loss, amounting to $445,000. She had stranded on Sawtooth Reef off Eagle Harbor, MI on Lake Superior in mid October.

The keel of the new section, identified as Hull #28, was laid down on November 2, 1959. A new forward pilothouse and a hatch crane were installed and her steam turbine engine and water tube boilers were reconditioned. The vessel was named c) RED WING (2) after the Detroit Red Wing hockey team, honoring a long association with Upper Lakes Shipping and James Norris, the founder of ULS, and his two sons, James D. and Bruce, owners of the National Hockey League team.

In 1971 the Lake Michigan Carferry S.S. Badger was laid up due to a coal strike.

On 2 November 1889, FRANCIS PALMS (wooden schooner, 173', 560t, built in 1868 at Marine City, Michigan as a bark) was sailing from Escanaba to Detroit with a load of iron ore when she was driven ashore near Beaver Island in lake Michigan. Her entire crew was taken off by the tug GLADIATOR that also pulled in vain while trying to free the PALMS. The PALMS was pounded to pieces by the storm waves. November was a bad month for the PALMS since she had previously been wrecked on Long Point in Lake Erie in November 1874 and again at Duluth in November 1872.

During the first week of November 1878, the Port Huron Times reported wrecks and mishaps that occurred during a severe storm that swept over the Lakes on Friday and Saturday , 1-3 November. The information was reported on 2, 4 & 5 November as the reports came in. The same reports will appear here starting today: Port Huron Times of 2 November 1878: "The schooner L. C. WOODRUFF of Cleveland is ashore at the mouth of the White River with her foremast gone. She is loaded with corn. Three schooners went ashore at Grand Haven Friday morning, the AMERICA, MONTPELIER, and AUSTRALIAN. One man was drowned off the AUSTRALIAN. The schooner WORTS is ashore and full of water on Beaver Island. Her cargo consists of pork for Collingwood. The tug LEVIATHAN has gone to her aid. The schooner LAKE FOREST is ashore at Hammond's Bay, Lake Huron, and is full of water. She has a cargo of corn aboard. The tug A. J. SMITH has gone to her rescue. The barge S. C. WOODRUFF has gone down in 13 feet of water off Whitehall and her crew is clinging to the rigging at last accounts. A life boat has been sent to her relief. The barge RUTTER is in 25 feet of water and all the crew are now safe."

On 2 November 1874, PREBLE (2-mast wooden schooner, 98', 166 t, built in 1842 at Buffalo as a brig) was lost in a storm off Long Point on Lake Erie and broke up in the waves. The steamer ST. PAUL rescued her crew.

On 02 Nov 1862, BAY STATE (wooden propeller, 137', 372 t, built in 1852 at Buffalo, NY) was bound for Lake Erie ports from Oswego, New York when she broke up offshore in a terrific gale in the vicinity of Oswego. All 22 onboard, including six passengers, lost their lives. The shoreline was strewn with her wreckage for miles.

The PAUL H. CARNAHAN was christened at the foot of West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan on 02 Nov 1961. She had been converted from a tanker (ATLANTIC DEALER) to a dry bulk cargo carrier by American Ship Building Co. at Lorain, Ohio and came out on her maiden bulk freighter voyage just two weeks before this christening ceremony.

The CANADIAN EXPLORER (now CANADIAN TRANSFER) entered service on 02 Nov 1983, bound for Duluth, Minn. where she loaded 851,000 bushels of corn. She was originally built as the tanker CABOT in 1965, then was rebuilt as a dry cargo bulk carrier at Port Weller Shipyards, Ltd., St. Catharines, Ontario where she received the bow and mid-body of NORTHERN VENTURE. The rebuilt was completed in 1983. She is currently named CANADIAN TRANSFER.

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Max Hanley, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




Lost crewman’s family sues Westcott

11/01
The family of a man lost when the J.W. Westcott II sank has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the company, accusing it of negligence in connection with the mailboat’s sinking according to the Detroit News.

The brother of 50-year-old David Lewis of Eastpointe, Mich., filed suit against the J.W. Westcott company in U.S. District Court. Lewis's body has not been found following the Oct. 23 sinking.

The two crew members - Lewis and Catherine Nasiatka of Algonac, Mich., -- were not wearing life-jackets when the boat sank, while a pair of rescued Canadian freighter pilots were, said O'Bryan Baun Cohen, a Birmingham attorney for Andrew Lewis.

"Those pilots coincidentally floated up to the surface and lived," Cohen said. He speculated that "the investigation will probably reveal that Westcott never enforced any safety regulations."

Observers believe a large settlement in a lawsuit could end the Westcott business. The J.W. Westcott II sank off Zug Island on the Canadian side of the Detroit River as it was ferrying two freighter pilots to the 533-foot Norwegian fuel tanker Sidsel Knutsen.

Cohen said they would likely sue the Norwegian tanker at a later date for its role in the sinking.




Memorial Mass for Captain

11/01
A memorial mass will be held on Sunday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m. for Capt. Cathy Nasiatka who was lost in the Westcott II sinking. Her body was recovered Monday afternoon when the mail boat was recovered.

The mass will be held at the Most Holy Trinity Church 1050 porter street, Detroit. The church is located on the corner of 6th & Porter St. just off the Lodge Freeway at the Howard Street exit (313)965-4450 .

The family has requested that any donations in Cathy's name be sent to the Church.
Apostolate of The Sea Most Holy Trinity Church
In Memory of Capt. Cathy Nasiatka
1050 Porter Street
Detroit, MI 48226





Westcott Salvage

11/01
Inland Waters Pollution Control Inc of Detroit finished cleaning the Westcott II Wednesday about noon. The vessel is in good condition despite sinking in the river. Crews cleaned a large amount of oil and fuel, mud and water from the mail boat.

It is unknown when the Westcott II will return to service. The Westcott II has been the primary boat used since it entered service in 1949. Paasch Marine in Erie, PA built the 44-foot boat specifically for this job.

Over the years the stout little boat has come to represent the Westcott Company as it works the Detroit River. The number of trips it has made to passing freighters cannot be counted, but is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.




Marinette-Menominee Update

11/01
The ports of Menominee, MI and Marinette, WI remain busy. At 4:00 a.m. Wednesday the Amelia Desgagnes arrived and waited by the Marinette break wall for the tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick to move the Virginiaborg from along side the crane ship William H. Donner to the K&K dock in Menominee. The crane operators on the Donner got right to work and started unloading the pig iron from the Desgagnes. Some of the ground cranes that had been used for dredging are now being put to use unloading the Virginiaborg, it is a much slower process now then when the cranes on the Donner were being used. The salties Marinette and Ira are both due in Menominee or Marinette in the coming days.

Bow view of Donner and Amelia Desgagnes.
Amelia Desgagnes close up.
Pig Iron dropped from the Donner’s crane.
Virginiaborg at K&K in Menominee unloading.
Stern view.
Flags on her forward mast, the middle flag is the City of Menominee.
Ground cranes unload the Virginiaborg.
Tugs Jimmy L and Carla Anne Selvick at K&K south dock.

Reported by: Scott Best




Toledo Update

11/01
The John B. Aird finished loading coal at the CSX Coal Dock and departed mid afternoon. The Algomarine finished unloading her stone cargo at the CSX Stone Dock and will follow the Aird to load coal. The Middletown was at the Torco Dock unloading ore. The salt water vessel Federal Hudson was at the T.W.I. Dock unloading cargo. The Frontenac was loading grain at the ADM/Countrymark Elevator, while the CSL Laurentien was loading grain at the Andersons "K" Elevator. The Ste. Claire remains in drydock at the Shipyard.

The next scheduled coal boats due in at the CSX Docks were the H. Lee White, and John G. Munson late Wednesday evening followed by the John J. Boland today. The next scheduled ore boat due in at the Torco Dock will be the Reserve on Thursday.

Reported by: Jim Hoffman




Updates

11/01
I have returned from the Boatnerd Gathering East and am behind in the updates. I hope to be caught up over the weekend. I have been very busy at my real job since I got back, sorry for the delay.




Today in Great Lakes History - November 01

The Grand Trunk Western was granted permission by the Interstate Commerce Commission on November 1, 1978 to discontinue its Lake Michigan service between Muskegon, MI and Milwaukee, WI.

The MAITLAND NO.1 made her maiden voyage on November 1, 1916 from Ashtabula to Port Maitland, Ont. transporting rail cars with coal for the steel mills at Hamilton, Ont.

The SCOTT MISENER (3) returned to service in the grain trade on November 1, 1986 after a 3 year lay-up

On 1 November 1917, ALVA B. (wooden steam tug, 74', 84 gt, built in 1890 at Buffalo) apparently mistook amusement park lights for the harbor markers at Avon Lake, Ohio during a storm. She struck bottom in the shallows and was destroyed by waves.

On 1 November 1862, BLACK HAWK (wooden brig, 138', 385 t, built in 1854 at Ohio City, OH) was carrying 19,000 bushels of corn and some stained glass when a gale drove her ashore and wrecked her near Point Betsie. In 1858, this vessel had sailed from Detroit, Michigan to Liverpool, England and back.

On 1 Nov 1862, CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL (2-mast wooden schooner, 105', 182 t, built in 1830 at Cape Vincent, NY) was driven aground between Dunkirk and Barcelona, NY during a storm. All hands were lost and the vessel was a total loss.

The Mackinac Bridge was opened to traffic on 01 Nov 1957.

The CITY OF MILWAUKEE (steel propeller carferry, 347', 2988 gt, built in 1931 at Manitowoc, WI) made her last run for Grand Trunk’s rail car ferry service on 01 Nov 1978. In the Fall of 1978 after termination of Grand Trunk's carferry service, she was then chartered to Ann Arbor Railroad. She is currently a museum ship at Manistee, Michigan.

Port Maitland Shipbreaking Ltd. began scrapping the ELMGLEN on 01 Nov 1984. She had a long career, being built in 1909 at Ecorse, Michigan as the SHENANGO (steel propeller bulk freighter, 580'. 8047 gt).

Data from: Joe Barr, Dave Swayze, Jody Aho, Father Dowling Collection, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember series

This is a small sample, the books include many other vessels with a much more detailed history




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